Many years ago people believed that the world was flat and that if they went beyond the horizon they would fall off the edge of the earth – literally! This notion was promoted by the great thinkers and academics of the time so it had to be true. I mean, who would challenge someone more qualified then themselves? In fact in those days if you did you would be severely punished – mind you, that still happens today!
That belief had a profound effect on behavior. People hardly ever strayed further then their own towns or villages and sailed close to their shore for fear of falling off the edge of the earth or for fear of challenging the authority (who of course cannot be wrong).
The Age of Discovery!
Then came the age of discovery. The notion that the world was flat was challenged by people like Christopher Columbus and Vasco Da Gama who decided to sail beyond the horizon. In doing so they found new lands and new experiences and broadened their horizons. Very soon others followed. These great explorers didn’t only prove the old thinking wrong they created a paradigm shift in people’s beliefs – everyone knew that the world was no longer flat. That belief was dead.
A ‘Paradigm Shift’ is a ‘Revolution in Thinking’
A ‘paradigm shift’ is a change in thinking from one belief to another. In short a new belief arises which makes the old belief no longer believable. It’s a revolution and a transformation. It can happen sudden;y and unexpectedly or it can happen gradually and it is driven by agents of change. In short the old way of thinking no longer serves us effectively.
There have been many paradigm shifts in society from the printing press to quantum mechanics to the introduction of the pc that now sits on everyone’s desk and of course the internet. All have changed the way people live their lives and the society in which they live their lives within, the .
With regard to the use of Reasonable Force today’s ‘Flat Earth Society’ is still alive and kicking
Did you know that with regard to reasonable force there are still people giving advice and guidance that is straight out of the dark ages?
More frightening is that there are today internal disciplinary actions being taken against staff that would highly probably be thrown out of a court of law!
Even more frightening is the fact that some inspectors, acting on behalf of government agencies, with the power of enforcement at their fingertips, could be acting outside of their area of competency when commenting or advising on the use of force.
Time for a Revolution in Thinking
To address this and many others issues we have decided to create a paradigm shift and it comes in the form of our soon to be released ‘Understanding Reasonable Force’ Mp3 Audio Set.
As my good friend John Steadman would say: “if you don’t know your rights, you have no rights”.
Are you ready for a revolution or happy to simply live in fear of falling off the edge?
See you on the other side hopefully!