Synthesis

This entry is part 90 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle 93

Synthesis

The pilgrim who seeks to journey upon the path of liberation leading back to his spiritual home must discover the principle of synthesis and actively use it.

A synthesizer is one who can look upon the sea of diverse elements or parts and gather from them what is needed to create something that is new and useful.

All the tools and items we see about us that we find useful are the result of synthesis – your car, the house you live in, your computer, phone, television etc. They are all made of diverse materials that may not have much value by themselves, yet combined with other elements, often much different than themselves, they make a complete whole which is of much more value than the part by itself. What good is a nail if it is never used to create something of which it is just a part? Not much. But when used synthetically to build the nail becomes an essential ingredient.

There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who are synthesizers and those who are not. What is the difference? Here are a few.

(1) The ordinary person only uses the tools that are commonly available.

The synthesizer makes new tools by gathering and combining what he has available.

(2) The ordinary person only sees the obvious in people.

The synthesizer sees more and helps others merge together to create something useful.

(3) The ordinary person just puts in his time at work and does his job.

The synthesizer is always looking for ways to improve, not only his performance, but the whole company.

(4) The ordinary person merely believes what he has been taught through a chain of authority.

The synthesizer looks at all possible beliefs and gathers from them that which is useful and makes sense.

(5) The ordinary person when on a team will concentrate on his performance.

The synthesizer will go beyond this and focus on the performance benefit of the team as a whole.

(6) The ordinary person only acquires and applies knowledge as needed or required.

The synthesizer throws out a wide net, gathers in more knowledge than required and discovers wonderful ways to put it to use.

Obviously the true seeker needs to become a synthesizer, for without using this principle his usefulness will be limited.

One of the most obvious characteristics of a synthesizer is that he or she will not see or judge things with a black and white attitude. Instead of seeing black and white he will often see many shades of gray. This expanded vision though will not make him indecisive but will allow him to make wiser decisions and judgments than the non synthetic person.

He will value the words of Solomon who gave us these words of wisdom:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Eccl 3:1-8

Copyright 2016 by J J Dewey
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