Hi. I’m here to tell you the world is flat. Oops wrong paradigm!! Paradigms (pronounced “para-dimes”) are accepted ways of looking at and understanding our current world. Looked at another way they are frameworks of accepted thought, that a govern a society’s view of … anything, from physics to geography even the concepts of good and bad.
The problem with belief systems is that we often stop “seeing” things which exist outside of those systems, even if they are right in front of our faces.
People like paradigms because they give the illusion that the corners of our world are tacked down, safe, predictable. They can also give us a sense of belonging… if we believe in the same paradigm.
I find them fascinating, because they reveal so much about where a given culture stands.
Paradigms can lead to complacency, they encourage people not to think for themselves.