Connections: Patterns and Relationships

Emily Worth

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.

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