Looking for some other information I came across this today…
“Ethnomethodologists have often noted the blank, glassy stares and strange states produced by violating peoples’ expectations – by, for example, getting into an elevator and facing the other people in it. It’s in such “paradoxical states” that people often may assimilate new information quickly, without filtering. They also may be able to “abreact” psychological trauma.”
Is not living about existing in a paradoxical state? People can be complex beings with beliefs that seem diametrically opposed… we can laugh at a funeral; cry at a Christening; Scream from happiness; and Love people we hate.
It interests me because of the duality of creation and destruction. From confusion and uncertainity, can come new ideas, concepts and constructs. How many times have you been at the lowest point, and then, suddenly know the path, completely unseen before, to take? There is a reason we state: “the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Our familiar constructs are too rigid and the conformity prevents the assimilation of self-awareness. Those who have learned the Code, never reach the highest pinnacle of that same Code because interpretation and creative expression brings us to that peak and those are subjugated by technical lessons.
What we think we know, we know only because we have defined the acceptable. As someone who can grow too rigid and complacent in her thinking, I need shock value sometimes. We must regain the simplicity of the fool and child; experiment (safely) to learn our own discoveries.
From looking at something in a ridiculous, unexpected way, enlightenment occurs.