Perspective 5: Systems
In the 'Systems' perspective, we come to realize that what is 'good' and 'bad' varies from person to person, and from one culture to another. What benefits us might not benefit someone else. We believe in making decisions based on facts and analysis to achieve the outcomes that are best for us and our community. This perspective isn't about being forced into a life of service but about understanding how to make positive things happen, keep the benefits, and always strive for improvement.
We develop this perspective when we start seeing the complexities and diversities in people’s needs and desires. It's about moving from a simple black-and-white view of the world to recognizing the gray areas. We rely on logic, measurement, and proof to navigate these complexities, aiming to make informed decisions that benefit both ourselves and those around us.
The roots of the 'Systems' perspective can be traced back to the beginnings of capitalist democracies and market-driven meritocracies around the 1600s. This era was characterized by a focus on scientific reasoning, logical thought, and a view of life as a strategic multiplayer game. The goals were material wealth, the defense of civilization, and continuous improvement and growth. Success was defined by the achievement of measurable objectives and the tangible impacts of one's actions.
Our strength in this perspective lies in our ability to set clear goals and use strategic planning to achieve them. This logical approach leads to tangible results and continuous improvement.
However, we sometimes face challenges when our systems fail or when situations require an emotional or intuitive response. Our focus on efficiency and results can lead to frustration in unpredictable circumstances and might overshadow the importance of emotional intelligence and relationships.
We can live better lives when we can build systems to manage every aspect of our lives. Try to automate as much as you can, but be aware that we cannot automate human emotions or relationships.
If you're finding success with your systems, that's great. But if you encounter situations where your systems fall short, it might signal a readiness for the 'Let Go' perspective, where you will learn how to not be so reliant on your systems.
You might also not be having great success in building your own systems. In this case, moving to the 'Belong' perspective may help you learn how others are implementing systems in their communities, and you can build your foundation from them.