The Illogical Model

Yesterday I posted a logic model for the progressive macromovement. I truly do see value in using logic models to think through our intentions and goals. Yet, we live in an illogical world where there is constant change and uncertainty. An illogical world calls for an illogical model to complement the standard logic model.

The illogical model suggests that we focus on those areas where we do have control, given that we live in a dynamic and uncertain environment: our values, intentions, and actions. These three areas are interconnected as they influence and/or reinforce each other both intermittently and over time. Our values are the core of who we are and what we believe. These shape our intentions, or our purpose for acting. Our actions are the place where we connect our inner selves with the outer environment, interacting with its intellectual, material, and emotional conditions. Because this environment is fluid and open to interpretation, our interaction with it can lead to both intended and unintended outcomes.

The illogical model forces us to focus our work on the present moment. It does not project what will happen in three, five, or 20 years. It demonstrates that we have the power to change the world by integrating our values, intentions, and actions — right now. By detaching from the outcomes and releasing illusive prediction and control of the environment, we might just realize lovely unimaginable surprises.

2 thoughts on “The Illogical Model

  1. Diana Frank says:

    I agree with you regarding unexpected outcomes, surprises and possibilities. In the 1990’s I got involved with the Greens during the party/movement debate. At the time, I was looking for an organization to belong to and work with. Although my priority was human beings. I could have listened to endless speeches and read several books about the relationship between everything that exists and I wouldn’t have changed a bit because in my mind, ending the suffering of so many human beings was in front of my brain. Through a few years and many meetings and activities, I began to understand that the devastation of the planet and everything on it was of a piece. People were not separate from everything else. One of the things that helped me to understand was an individual action by one woman who left meetings early because she had to turn her dogs. Her dogs were old and they couldn’t move themselves, so she had to turn them after a certain amount of hours. This act of caring opened my mind more than anything.

  2. jrdreistadt says:

    Thanks so much for sharing that story. I find myself opening up so much lately. I tend to be very controlling even though it is not philosophically aligned with my values. I am intentionally letting go of everything and being open to what may flow back in my direction. Your posts are one example of a very nice surprise!! 🙂

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