046: Systems, values, and learning from the military
Why do people who haven’t tried it call not flying impossible, yet it was just as challenging for me and I find it one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Being in a system without realizing it makes it easy to confuse that system’s values with your own or with absolute reality. What looks impossible is just impossible within that system.
To change, it’s easier to exit the system first so you don’t feel constrained by its constraints.
We were born to some strong systems that make not flying look impossible but not flying is simple. You’re probably not flying right now.
I present a couple cases—one simple, the other complex and expensive—that illustrate what happens when you’re trapped in a system versus when you free yourself from it.
Here are some links about General Paul Van Riper and the Millennium Challenge 2002
- Wikipedia on Paul Van Riper
- War game was fixed to ensure American victory, claims general in the Guardian
- Interview with Frontline
- Interview with Nova
- Wikipedia on the Millennium Challenge