If we look at our fields of Mythology, Systems Science and theories of the creative process, then we see that they all follow the same pattern of how things are created. We can see interesting parallels of how a few parameters enable new things to emerge.
Mythology provides us with the simplest answer:
In his book “The Act of Creation”, Arthur Koestler summarised the patterns of the classic creation stories. You may have heard of them as Belly of the whale, the Night Journey, or the Death-and-Rebirth motif.
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If we were to translate these elements, we could call them
(1) equilibrium = the hero follows his routine
(2) a shock to the system = the crisis = the call to action
(3) the hero’s journey, and
(4) the hero returns transformed.
This structure is also the classic story structure. It’s a form of disruption, awakening and transformation.
But enough of mythology. let’s get more secular. Let’s take a ride, and let’s have science match this pattern.
In systems science, we also start from an equilibrium, which receives a shock to the system and which disrupts our state to lead to a transformed and grown state.