Being and Becoming & Deming LO23069
Sun, 31 Oct 1999 11:25:12 EST


Thanks again for your insightful reply. Once again you have helped me see
a greater reality.

You had written...
>It is indeed a paradigm shift to think not of "being" and "becoming"
>separately, but of "becoming-being" wholes which commute with each other
>to form a web of nested "becoming- being" wholes. To give an example, we
>do not think of learning as a "becoming" and knowledge as a "being", but
>of learning-knowledge as one "becoming-being" whole. I would simply call
>it "deep knowledge", but I suspect that Deming had just such an idea in
>mind with his "profound knowledge".

I am still perplexed by the notion of accumulated knowledge. Our last
discussion centered on language as structural limits to our thinking. But
I would like to ask something deeper. I have been studying Deming's
system of Profound Knowledge and one of the components is the "Theory of
knowledge" ....or basically Without a theory or model to compare reality
to, there is no learning. However, with this notion, are not we tied to
our own base of the pyramid? That is .... as we accumulate knowledge and
build our theories, how do we rewrite them when our ego is so invested in
proving them right?

As T.S. Kuhn elaborated in his "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions",
we must have a revolution, a Quantum leap, a break with the past... not
just adding on to it. How many of us can actually go back and totally
rewrite our personal scripts? We all take in reality through our
accumulated filters which screen input to match our paradigms. Must we be
"Born Again"?

The late J. Krishnamurti had advocated the total dropping of the ego and
the self so reality could be seen fresh and whole without the
psychological filtering. He had said that we cannot really love until we
stop striving and realize we have arrived.... the total being. This would
mean that we would need to "die" to the self concept... to the notion that
we are separate from reality. Maybe this notion of "becoming-being"
wholes can shed some light on this matter also? Maybe the
"becoming-being" cycle is what Deming was alluding to with his "Theory of
Knowledge"? As difficult as it seems, maybe we must keep learning and
being in a "becoming-being" flux like an AC current?

I look forward to your reply,


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