Maps as questions


Again, pretty basic but a good reminder….

Any story is a question, and that includes maps. They are questions and starting points for inquiry.

For instance, what happens if I take the map as true? What happens if I experience and live as if it is true? How do I limit myself and the world? Who would I be if I didn’t take it as true? What are the truths in its reversals?

What happens if I take it as a tool? A tool of limited and practical value only, with no truth to it apart from in a very limited and temporary sense? How and when may it be useful? How and when is it not?

As with any story, God (life, existence) is not bound or limited by any map.


Initial outline….

  • maps as questions
    • what happens when take it as true
      • what happens when experience/act as if is true
      • self-fulfilling prophecy?
    • what happens when take it as a tool (limited practical value only, no truth to it apart from in a very limited/temporary sense)
      • works as a practical guide = the “truth” in any story or map
      • works only w/in a particular context, worldview, time, place, mindset (not outside of that, especially if the context is very different)
    • also, recognize that is based on statistics and groups, cannot predict at individual level
    • and, recognize that God (life, existence) is not bound by any story, any map

If the map is based on statistics, as most maps are whether they come from tradition or modern research, they are as any other statistics. They work at group levels. If there is even some variation within the group, they may at best say omething about distributions within groups, but they cannot be used to predict much at an individual level.

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