The map is not the territory

We humans have to process an insane amount of information on a daily basis. Our senses alone provide more than we can cope with.

So we create maps. Instructions on how to navigate the world. Some of them, you might call stereotypes; a system performs according to certain rules.

We understand cause and effect, we understand the ramifications of our actions, and the way people react to different stimuli.

But the map is not the territory.

These models of the world work until they don’t.

There’s always at least one exception to any rule you can imagine.

The brilliant thing is to deeply understand this and apply it.

That at a certain level, the map becomes useless and you have to discover new things. You have to adapt.

There is no rigid set of rules here. Rigidity, in fact, is the most vulnerable.

Following the path of least resistance allows for adaptability to overcome obstacles.

What I mean by all this?

Never say never. Never say forever. Never say always.

Life’s unpredictable. Anything’s possible. Anything can happen.

The idea is to have a mind that is willing to expand always. To gather new knowledge. To admit that it can be wrong.

What you think of the world is not how the world actuallt is.

Good news?

You can learn and keep learning, improving your map, making it more accurate and useful.

Bad news?

The map will never be 100% accurate. The map will never be the territory.

Life will never become rigid enough to be completely predictable.


4 thoughts on “The map is not the territory

  1. Many discoveries are made when the map unexpectedly doesn’t work. Many disasters can be prevented if, when the map doesn’t work, you don’t assume nothing unusual is happening. Your reaction to the anomaly is crucial.

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  2. When I read the title, I had a totally different idea on what the post was going to be about. I thought it was going to encourage us to travel, because no matter how much we look at the map, we will not be able to experience anything else unless we actually take the journey. I like your metaphor on life.
    “Never say never. Never say forever. Never say always. Life’s unpredictable. Anything’s possible. Anything can happen.” – That’s what I always say. It can be good, or it can be bad. It’s a roll of the dice.

    (Side note: ” how the world actuallt is” typo. “actually”.)


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