Friday, October 07, 2005

Thinking outside of the box...

So... what's up doc???

We are constantly reminded by fellow friends and teachers and everyone else to "THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX"

But let me ask you, what is the box? How big is YOUR box? And how would you know where is the edge of the box when you've never gone out of it yourself?

Now, one of the first things I learnt in Uni was that we all live in our own habitus. We perform our daily activities as a result of what we experienced in our habitus. We cannot therefore perform anything out of our ordinary. If we have not experienced it, we do no know it. That is why when someone asks you to do something, and you've never done it before, you do not know how to do it.

It is as simple as this: Your boss asks you to buy buns for him. You've never bought buns for him before. This is totally a new experience for you. Your habitus does not and will not accomodate this. You do not know what the boss likes, whether he has any special liking for cheese or jam, pineapple or coffee flavour, and you do not know whether he has a favourite bakery.

So in this instance, you're asked to 'Perform outside your box.' But how would you be able to perform such a task if you've never experienced it before?

You give it a shot! (Tembaklah!)

It's just like picking between A, B, C and D in a multiple choice question paper.

So sometimes, it isn't that difficult to think outside the box.

All you need to do actually is to think outside of the other person's box. People, being snobbish individuals that they are, do not like to be treated as ill-informed or stupid. So when you suggest something that the other party knows nothing about, then you'll score 1,000 points in impression marks.

So, when you're asked to think outside the box, you need only think outside of that other person's box.

wah... that was deep... and confusing... and mind-boggling...

and that got me off 15 minutes of work, awaiting the weekend.

Need to get some groceries on my way back today...

10 Comments:

Blogger Graham Jones said...

'But let me ask you, what is the box? How big is YOUR box? And how would you know where is the edge of the box when you've never gone out of it yourself?'

The obvious answer to this is box fighting. Would be more exciting than cock-fighting or box-'ing' because, well.... nobody knows the size of the respective boxes, even what form they take - hell, we can't even contemplate what dimension a box exists in. So serious violence could be ensue. Y..yeah.

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October 07, 2005 5:34 pm  
Blogger Chief said...

obviously the box must be something obvious your boss and you agreed on. only then can you think outside the box.

October 07, 2005 5:41 pm  
Blogger SaDdNesZ.jc said...

GJ: There's no use fighting something which dimensions you are not familiar with.. try boxing with the air perhaps???

Chief: Sometimes, the box is not as obvious as it ideally can be. Not everyone's an obvious boss...

October 07, 2005 6:23 pm  
Blogger BeaWuzHere said...

can i be a Hi-C for a mo?

is the boss paying for the buns? or am i belanja-ing him/her? =P

*what box? mine's a polygon...* hahahaha!!!

October 08, 2005 4:33 pm  
Blogger SaDdNesZ.jc said...

Bea: Under normal circumstances, the boss should pay for the buns. To avoid strange incidents, better ask the boss for money up front. And if he/she is a good boss, he/she should ask you to get something for yourself too.

Boxes, polygons, all function the same. They are borders in your life.

October 10, 2005 9:48 am  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hey, I've thought about this few days back. Mine was a circle though! and little bit different too.. hmmm..

Think outside the box for me sounds like... thinking of other possibilities to a problem.... think of what other people might do or might think... think outside the boundaries of your imagination... And maybe you might produce something creative ;)

Good luck for exploring the outside world. Its full of amazement.

October 11, 2005 2:43 pm  
Blogger SaDdNesZ.jc said...

Amanda,

There's a VERY thin line between a loon and a genius...

You tread carefully ok???

October 11, 2005 2:56 pm  
Blogger Amanda said...

hahah... You never try you'll never know.

Who would know painting white paint over some letters would create liquid paper? loon or genius? You tell me.

October 11, 2005 3:06 pm  
Blogger laipeen said...

Pat Goon would so proud of you.

October 11, 2005 9:37 pm  
Blogger SaDdNesZ.jc said...

Peen: I don't think I painted a picture of the habitus properly tough...

*sigh*

Never could understand too much during Uni days...

October 12, 2005 9:34 am  

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