Sunday, November 16, 2008

Term of the Week: Irrational Paralysis

Irrational Paralysis: a malady turning the otherwise creative and active of Memphis into the hesitant and passive. Perhaps caused by fear of failure.

Spoken by a stranger (no longer strange) during a conversation at Otherlands a few nights ago.

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Blogger Naomi Van Tol said...

Is this the same as paralysis by analysis?

8:02 AM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

maybe less active than pxa, but probably rooted in the same thing, fear of the infinite creative void, of failure, of perfection.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Factoid: Historically, our laws of old were based on a lot of trial/experimentation and error. For example, congress passed 500 different pieces of legislation dealing with property rights!

When was it lost on the powers that be that innovation and creativity can be a very clunky, inefficient failure-prone process? But wow, when you finally get it right, it's a beautiful thing to behold !

If they want a fool proof idea, then they'll have to just copy someone else's idea. Which is not necessarily a bad thing when there is a pent up demand for such a concept. However, in most cases it seems we get another strip mall or arena!

The cure for paralysis: recession

Don't worry, though as the economy continues to deteriorate, what they perceive as our wacky pipe dreams start looking rather appealing as the existing systems begin to fail. At some point "this is the way we always have done things" starts to look quite silly and grass roots thinking (the obvious) becomes adopted as the norm. It's just a painfully slow process when the existing systems appear to be working. So, be ready as people start looking to the creatively frustrated for answers. Who ever thought that the recession would be a good thing?

9:51 AM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Aaron, great comment. Part of the creative counter attack to fearful downhunkering.

Along those lines, I think you'll like this and this.

10:38 PM  

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