Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Life Lesson Reminder For Alex: Life Is Not A Circle...But A Conical Helix




Song:  The Circle Of Life

Artist:  Elton John



Alex completing his short term assignment for English (due on Monday).

As this was Saturday...and he also has to finish most of his longer term
project for Social Studies today (Sunday)...he had to finish this assignment yesterday
before he could begin to tackle his Social Studies assignment, which is due in
two weeks (it will be on the successful reign of Tokugawa...almost 200 years).

Due to his projects coming in close succession...
we are going to put off his Lake Tahoe swim until next weekend.


This was his direction sheet for his English project.
It is a typical character development line for a hero's path in a story
(with one correction I had Alex make for his path - not a circle - but a Helix).


Alex had made this in accordance to the directions...
with one crucial addition...
making a helical representation instead of a circle
(more correctly his last statement would have been below his first...
since life is a conical helix...
however, his project was almost completed when I looked at it...
so a simple correction was all he could afford).

He was going to follow the directions exactly...
however, as I explained to Alex about not only life being a helix...
but about general directions in life...
he made the simple correction of one sentence...
and its placement.

Many directions are guides.
Should he discover a more refined path...
he is to not be afraid to demonstrate it
(however, he MUST have a better way).

To always follow directions...
is to never be able to surpass the giver of the directions.

Progress in the process would not be possible by doing this.

This is to guarantee stagnation.


Alex had originally put the arrow back to the hero's starting point.

I stressed to Alex that to do so is to not factor in time...
and psychological growth...
that life is one of three directions on a helix...
a positive spiral...
stagnation...
or a negative spiral.



With each growing experience in life...
we move ahead...we are not the same person we started as...
and so we would not be circling back to our starting point (stagnation)...
 we move ahead on the helix.

What makes it conical is experience.
We become more efficient in our thought processes...
we develop techniques which shortcut our actions for all similar situations.

It is this wisdom which puts us on the cutting edge of the conical helix.

With time always moving...
and with the backstop of life always getting nearer (death)...
those who stagnate...and especially those who dive into a negative spiral...
eventually find themselves screwed to the wall.


It is a very simple shift in thinking...
some may even think an unnecessary one...
but it is SO necessary if one is to live life well.

To think of life as a circle is to miss out on all of the 
naturally occurring implications 
when you realize life as being a conical helix.


However...
Elton John...
you are forgiven...
"The Circle Of Life".... 
simply flows better in the song than would have...
"The Conical Helix Of Life"... :)







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