Bill Vining Jr.
Connections: Investigating Reality
16 December 2012
Connections: Patterns and Relationships
Humans have always been said to be creatures of habit, and is it not true? But
what is a habit? A habit is a behavior that a person repeats so often that it becomes normal
to them and they may be unaware of it. The truth is that every single person develops
habits in their lives. Habits are created on the days we have to go to school or work. Habits
are created when we get ready for bed. And the other truth is that habits are patterns that
people create. Patterns are everywhere in the world. Everywhere someone looks they are
observing patterns, whether it be a pattern in the way things are categorized or in social
behaviors or in the geography of the land or physiological patterns, and they only need
to be able to recognize the labels, categories and organization of patterns. In the book
Connections: Investigating Reality it evokes the reader to learn how to recognize patterns
and understand them.
One such pattern, would be category trees. Category trees are a breakdown
of the information that is known. Take music for an example, there are many genres of
music; rock, pop, country, jazz, R&B, rap, gospel and so many more. To expand the
category of music, focus on one genre such as the rock genre. From the rock genre there
is hard rock, classic rock, alternative rock, grunge, Christian rock and the list can go on
and on. Then, from, let’s say, classic rock you have numerous bands, such as; Aerosmith,
Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Journey plus many more.
Category trees help people label the information, organize the information and categorize
the information for easy understanding and access.
To use a more hands-on example of category elaboration my class went to one of
the local supermarkets. One major pattern we noticed in the supermarket was how all
the items that needed to be kept cold were in one place. They didn’t have them all spread
out at random, instead they had them to where the customers could easily find the cold
items. From there we observed how all the cold meats were together, how all the cold
drinks were together, how the cold dairy products were together. We didn’t find a
package of hot dogs where the eggs were kept at and we didn’t find a gallon of yogurt
where the juices were kept at. Then, we observed how the 2% milk wasn’t with the
orange juice and the coffee wasn’t with the chocolate milk. The entire supermarket
held patterns within patterns. It had categories with many “branches” expanding upon
the category tree that the branches were a part of.
Another pattern would be relationship patterns, which doesn’t just strictly go for
relationships between people. Relationship patterns refers more to the logical and
cause-effect relationships. Relationship patterns are patterns that grow as pattern
awareness grows. For instance, what is the cause of teenage suicide? Some might
answer depression, bullying, money etc. But the real pattern is between teenage suicide
and emotions. Depression and bullying on a category tree would be “branches” off of
emotions. Another example of relationship patterns would be the pattern between
claustrophobia being caused by emotions. We start with claustrophobia, which by
definition means: fear of small, closed in spaces. Fear is an emotion, it is produced by the
mind. The mind makes the body think that it is trapped because the mind believes it and
thus the cause of claustrophobia is the emotions a person has. The whole point of
analyzing and solving relationship patterns involves quite a bit of critical thinking and is
a very important step to understand in order to expand the awareness of patterns.
Do people create habits? Yes. Do people always recognize and understand
created habits? No. People have become ignorant to the patterns in the world around
and thus people have become ignorant to the world because they do not understand
it. The learning process of recognizing and understanding patterns all begins with being
observant and quick thinking. It begins with honing the mind to unlearn in order to
relearn and Connections: Investigating Reality is a step in learning the see the world as
it really is, a complex creation of patterns between everything.