01.01.2012 31 °C
Unless you are an only child, born to hermits in the remotest part of the country, or indeed live under a rock, you would be familiar with the decision making power of "rock -paper-scissors."
This is a game that is often used as a choosing method in a way similar to coin flipping, drawing straws, or throwing dice - A random selection that is quick and simple. A decision can be made in 3 seconds flat (..or 15 secs if you play best out of 3).
Imagine what life would be like if we all made decisions based on the rock-paper-scissors philosophy. There would be no need for lengthy board room meetings, no need to put up with the tiresome wait whilst requests go through multilayered management structures. There would be no need to agonise over trival (or complex) choices, like whether to have vegemite or jam on your toast in the morning or whether to buy the house you have been drooling over for months. It would be as simple as Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beats Paper and Paper beats Rock.
Imagine if life was that simple.
Things would get acted upon and alot more learning would occur because we would get out there and give something a go sooner rather than later. Yes there would be risk.. but if we fail? who cares, at least we have ruled out a way that didn't get us what we wanted. We would probably learn a whole lot more than if we had gotten what we wanted on the first attempt.
Rock-paper-scissors rules out the need to over think, it prevents 'paralysis by analysis,' and certainly fosters spontenaity - Three things that I need to develop.
However, unlike truly random selection methods, rock-paper-scissors can be played with a degree of skill, especially if the game extends over many sessions with the same players as it is often possible to recognize, and exploit, the non-random behaviour of an opponent. (Unless I add some reptiles and Vulcans into the mix)
I have been here for the last 5 years and my ability to predict others' behaviour and routine brings both comfort and familiarity... However, to uphold the randomness of decision making, time has come to jump out of my comfort zone - and find other people to become my opponents, to learn more, and overanalyse less.
Imagine what would happen if I adopted 'rock-paper-scissors' as a basis for majority of my decision making this year. What will I see? Who will I meet? What places will I find?
In February, I am embarking on a merry journey and landing in a foreign place half way across the globe... alone.
I have never done anything so frightening and exciting before.
So come with me on my adventure - learn and experience with me through the tears and the triumphs. View the world and culture through my lense if you dare.
I'm off exploring....