Concrete Thinking Patterns

Concrete Thinking Patterns

I noticed near a school that an architect designed an octagonal bench and even planted a tree in the middle of the octagonal to indicate the way of sitting on that bench. The bench is a closed circle, which means that one would automatically sit down showing his/her back to all others that might also care to sit down. The tree planted in the middle of the circle was making absolutely sure that the bench-users would ‘get the message’.

Now, the architect forgot that kids are very natural in comparison to adults and being social is one of the natural characteristics of human beings.

The first thing youngsters must have done was to cut off the tree. Later they probably got tired of having to lift their legs every time so they could face each other and sit in a social circle. They must have removed one of the eight wooden sides of the octagonal bench. That way they created an entry.

The bench was made of 8 concrete legs, on which wooden boards were fixed to form an octagonal surface to sit on. Thus the youngsters must have sacrificed some of the bench to create an entry. The grown-ups must have repaired it, but the teenagers must have removed it again.

This went on a whole school year, until the grown-ups made the whole bench out of concrete over summer holidays and only covered the concrete with new wooden boards to sit on (see photo).

I might be wrong about the whole conflict between the youngsters and the grown-ups, but I have a very strong feeling that some grown-ups are so afraid of changing their thinking patterns that they tend to make them firm using concrete just in case.

Does anyone see another story in this picture? Please share your ideas.

Phyllis Krystal Method would offer great opportunities even in this story to break free from the old thinking patterns and to be able to accept the new generations more readily. Phyllis Krystal often emphasizes in her self help books and seminars that the children and youngsters will not change. It is the world of the grown-ups with all the systems that will have to change (school system etc.). And the way systems are falling apart these days, we can only expect changes after this difficult period of chaos, which of course is inevitable.

Take care,

Helena Smole

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