I often come across people who want to change the world, or create 'large scale change'. A noble aim indeed. Yet I wonder about this. To scale things we create systems and programmes that can be 'rolled out'.
I have been struggling to find a fitting metaphor for the absurdity of the ‘locational fetish’ that seems to be afflicting anyone who writes in the popular media about the brain these days - i.e. the idea that by knowing which part of the brain is active we know something important.
'Start before you are ready' is an invitation to action. It reminds me that we can act ourselves into a new way of thinking, just as well as we can think ourselves into a new way of acting. This maxim encourages me to pay attention to what is happening as events unfold, to be present and attentive to what actually happens, rather than what I imagine might happen.
Human scale. What a difference it makes. Yesterday I wanted to transfer money from a UK account to an account in Spain. By chance I got an e mail from Lloyds bank that very morning saying that they had just made this easier and that I could do it on-line. Hooray!