An Internal Force

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

I wrote this in Arabic then rendered it in English using Google Translate.

My colleague shared some lines. “If an egg is broken by an external force, life ends. If it is broken by an inner force, life begins. Great things always come from within.” What do these sentences mean to you? Do you agree with them?

Is it correct to conclude that persuasion is less effective than we usually expect? If you were a leader, how would you apply these sentences to your leadership style? As for me, I would only hire people who have "internal forces", that is, they are motivated and hardworking. If I had to choose between two candidates, one of whom was more qualified but less diligent, I might select the other.

Returning to the example of the egg, it is worth noting that the internal forces are not enough. Fertilization must take place, not to mention the need for a safe and warm place throughout the incubation process. What can we compare to these prerequisites for the development of the fetus?

* Effective education and leadership
* The support of friends and family
* Physical and emotional safety
* Family, health and employment safety

Note: I borrowed some of these ideas from Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the peak of which is the need for self-realization. Self-realization ... Is it the breaking of the egg by an inner force, the first flight of the fledgling, or the moment the chicken lays an egg of her own?

Do you know anyone who says they have fully accomplished self-actualization? And if the world is fleeting, how do you reconcile this with your concept of self-actualization?

Climbing to the top of a pyramid .. hatching an egg .. getting out of a cocoon .. These are popular metaphors in the field of self-improvement. But like all metaphors, they are imperfect approximations of reality.. We envision self-realization as a move from one location to another or a change in shape or color. But it may take place without any movement or any tangible change. What if we likened self-actualization to a stone? Yes, a very ordinary stone that does not move, nor is it transformed by an alchemical process into any sparkling jewel ..

She just remains there in the dirt, and no one notices her. Even if she were noticed, she would seem fixed and immutable ... And that is indeed the case ... But the more she sits there on the dusty ground in the Tigris Valley, surrounded by very similar stones, the more she recalls things she had long since forgotten ... “Eureka!" she finally exclaims in silence, having just remembered that inside her was a cavity lined with countless wondrous crystals! She tries to concentrate so hard to count them, but it is impossible (can you intuit how many pleats are in your small intestine?).

What is the use of these crystals so long as they remain in the darkness of the stone’s hollow? Are they not useless? Perhaps each crystal has a separate consciousness, and the crystals must hold back laughter as they visualize the outside world in which utility is sanctified and prevalent. On the other hand, as far as the  crystals are concerned, if they never see the sunlight, praise be to God, since optical brilliance is flashy and even revolting compared to latent radiance.

Although the stone is no more aware of the experiences of its crystal lining (just as a person is completely oblivious to the activities of a given microbe in some fold of their intestines), the stone does get a vague feeling that she is a more complex entity than she can fully perceive, and that this recognition may be truer than the satisfaction resulting from achieving self-actualization, after all.

 


Submitted: March 23, 2021

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