Means or end

We can always do better is the default thinking.

What’s wrong with that?

The challenge is better is subjective and it also implies that we have not done something well. It is always looking into the future so everything becomes just a means towards a mind projected end. So there is no focus on the ‘doing’ just the outcome.

We could choose to accept what we have done, learn for sure, but perhaps to say we did this thing or another element really well, how can we do more of what we did right next time.

The key is to focus on the ‘doing’ with all our concentration, being in the moment, instead of the focus being on some imagined future outcome. So the means is the end. The outcome is a distraction and a drain on our positive focus as we start to engage with anxiety about the end.

The means is the end and not a means to an end because when we focus on the end we are lost right now and do not produce our best. The end is a projected outcome that doesn’t exist. The doing right now is all we have and that’s what counts.

You don’t fatten a pig by keep weighing it

I was talking to my friend Tom today and he used this brilliant quote to talk about the constant testing that is used in education. The same as you don’t fatten a pig by weighing it, you don’t educate children by keep on testing them.

Education in the last 100 years or less has all been about the industrialised machine preparing inter-changeable cogs for their ‘machine’. The standardised test in the US invented for that very thing to bring everyone to a satisfactory average level of competency in certain repetitive tasks so that the machine could continue to efficiently function. Take a look at Seth Godin’s ‘what is school for?’. A question that rarely, if ever, gets asked about the purpose of education.

Education across the globe is systematically on auto-pilot, with little thought about the suitability or usefulness of education, preparing people for a world that doesn’t exist.

You don’t fatten a pig by keep weighing it and you do not ever make things better by doing the same things.

Curiousness got the human race to now, our compliance and standardised education will halt any further progress because there will be no more rebels, no more heretics, no more people causing a stir or challenging the status quo.

Just a lot of regularly weighed unintelligent and compliant ‘pigs’.