Antw: Linear thinking LO22824

Winfried Dressler (
Wed, 6 Oct 1999 15:33:35 +0200

Replying to LO22772 --

>Is the change of the formula y = mx + c to z = mx + c still
>insignificant to you?

Dear At,

A second thought on your question (this time not as a traditional trained

Have you ever met people, who live as "obsession jumper"? They jump from
one world view to another, but their thinking within each worldview is
totally linear - straight line from current being to salvation. They
switch from y to z "just to change the monotony of their past
experiences". The new experiences won't be less monoton after a while when
they get used to the new jargon and know the new faces.

I know a couple who read all the work of Rudolf Steiner when we met first.
One day they reported a major break-through, left anthroposophy behind and
were members of a quite fanatic christian community. The last time I saw
them a few years ago, they tried to convince me that the truth lies in
Buddha (and again, only Buddha).

Another example is a friend I had at school times and whom I meet every
couple of years. On these occasions he introduced me three times to his
wife (different wifes of course). I say, he has married three times his

Nothing but repeating the past. Tangential extrapolation of the past to
the future. No development, no growth, no additional powers.

At, as you asked your question, it seemed to be rhetorical to me with the
implied answer "no, the change is significant" (you wrote: "This change
may appear to be insignificant to you, but it is not.") and I tried to
find out why - and couldn't. Thus my retreat to my traditional mathematics
in my first reply.

Now I see, how insignificant this change really is. It is significant only
for those who perform the change and think that it was significant. But it
isn't. If a jumper realizes the insignificance of his jumping, he might
gain the openness to give another change a chance: The change from the
formula y = mx + c to y = nxx + mx + c. And from there on to higher and
higher powers.

At, you wrote:

>This HYPER LINEAR THINKING concerning linear thinking is
>begining to frustrate me beyond reason. That is why I have
>decided to write on "linear thinking" before I finally become crazy
>through frustration.

Isn't it crazy that you become crazy through frustration? Should't those
linear thinkers become crazy through frustration until they become healed
from linear thinking?

Taken as a deep sigh, not a judgement, one may say with Sokrates: "The
real evil are people who are neither good nor wise but satisfied with
themselves." Can one accuse someone for trying to maintain satisfaction
with himself?

Liebe Gruesse,



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