“To be surprised, to wonder, is beginning to understand,” said the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset. To be surprised we need to act, we have to do something that will foster astonishment. It is not enough to read, to think or to observe what other people do. “The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life,” said Leo Tolstoy.
To find the meaning of life and to define ourselves we need to interact with other people. Do not isolate yourself! If we live in isolation we will find ourselves on a lonely mountaintop in stagnation and tedious boredom. When we feel down or bad we tend to isolate, but what we really need to do is interact with other people, we have to do something that will bring surprise and understanding.
Based on action learning I have made a model that can lead to action and understanding; I call it the MAKS model.
- Action, observe, adjust
The MAKS model serves to give an overview of a situation and helps to create reflection and action. When we reflect on our actions we reach understanding and that is the most important part to get on a good life path. We start by mapping the situation (see mental maps) by defining the topic we need to learn about. Then we choose at good way on the map and clarify what we expect to experience on this path.
Next we take action and test our theory in practise. On our way we observe the results of our actions and if the outcome does not agree with what we expected, then we adjust the map and try again.
Finally we reflect on the experiences the path has presented and share these reflections with our social environment. This will create feedback that we can use to map a new situation that will take us even further in life.
In my following posts I will elaborate each item.
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