Feedback Loop


Feedback Loop

n.

The section of a control system that allows for feedback and self-correction and that adjusts its operation according to differences between the actual and the desired or optimal output.

A representation found on Twitter this evening looks like this:

Twitter Feedback Loop

 

That’s fine, but in light of Be The Change, the feedback loop could be more simply represented like this:

The Real Feedback Loop

One week after the shootings in Dallas, we witness the tragedy in Nice. By no means am I trying to make light of this event with the newer feedback loop. I’m using it to illustrate a point that we talk a good game, but most people do just that, talk. You could argue that, by posting this, I’m doing the exact same thing. Here’s the difference, I want to open a dialogue about fixing the problem of terrorism. This is difficult because the issue is complicated. It’s nuanced. Opinions are going to vary. I don’t expect to solve the problem here, but I’d like to brainstorm ideas. Do we “nuke them all to hell” (whoever “they” are)? Do we send sleeper cells to infiltrate terrorist organizations and eliminate the threat from within? Do we stage the world’s biggest Love-in? Yes? No? Maybe?

Perhaps we could all agree on the what, where, and when of addressing terrorist attacks, but the question of who and how remain. It should go without saying that one country cannot eradicate terrorism, this will require a global effort. The larger question, naturally, is how. I don’t believe that you can quell violence with more violence. We must change ideologies. Ideas, not beliefs. It may seem cornball, but there is wisdom in what Rufus the 13th apostle said:

I think it’s better to have ideas. You can change an idea.  Changing a belief is trickier.  Life should be malleable and progressive, working from idea to idea permits that.  Beliefs anchor you to certain points and limit growth.  New ideas can’t generate. Life becomes stagnant.

I digress… how do you change ideologies? You do it with education, patience, tolerance, and love. You spread that to all people of all ages, but primarily you do it through the youth. Show them a world that revolves around common ground. Each person may be as unique as any snowflake, but we are all still connected by birth and death and the myriad life experiences in between.

Agree? Disagree? Have better ideas? I’m all eyes and ears.

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