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If you want truly to understand something, try to change it. ~ Kurt Lewin


You know how sometimes, you read something and all of a sudden it makes total sense?

That’s what happened when I read this quote yesterday.

It hit me in the face like a two-by-four!

It came at me like an anvil dropping on my head!

Of course! This makes so much sense!

Doesn’t science employ this technique by introducing a foreign variable when trying to understand how something ticks? Haven’t we come to understand many things so much better because of this?

But it can be like poking a bear!

Have you ever tried suggesting a new idea to a group that’s been doing things the same way forever? Did it result in blank faces looking back at you? Did it give rise to fierce opposition? If they bought the idea, did it pay off?

When you poke the bear, you’re taking a risk. You can’t really be sure how it will turn out.

Is poking the bear worth it?

Sure, it can be downright frightening.

But it can also lead to better understanding.


Do you poke the bear?