What Is A Paradigm Shift?
The word paradigm came from the Greekword paradeigma, which defines as: a perception (a pattern of thought); a frame of reference; a way of viewing reality; or lens through which we see the world.
In 1962, Thomas Kuhn wrote The Structure of Scientific Revolution, and fathered, defined and popularized the concept of “paradigm shift”. Kuhn argues that scientific advancement is not evolutionary, but rather is a “series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions”, and in those revolutions “one conceptual world view is replaced by another”.
This term comprise our self definition in relation to our existence and current issues.
Here are some examples:
OLD PARADIGM NEW PARADIGM
Monopoloy Global Competition
Industrial Age Information Age
Profit Oriented Service Oriented
School University E-Learning
Salary/Fixed Income Residual Income/MSI
Synthetic Mediciane Natural Medicine
Polititical Empowerment People Empowerment
Postal Service E-mail
Poverty Consciousness Wealth Consciousness
Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
– John F. Kennedy
In conclusion, majority of us can not easily adapt with these CHANGES, it is not easy and yet it is a CHOICE. It is a process. Human beings resist change; however, the process has been set in motion long ago and we will continue to co-create our own experience. Kuhn states that “awareness is prerequisite to all acceptable changes of theory” (p. 67). It all begins in the mind of the person.
What we perceive, whether normal or metanormal, conscious or unconscious, are subject to the limitations and distortions produced by our inherited and socially conditional nature. HOWEVER, we are not restricted by this for we CAN change. We are moving at an accelerated rate of speed and our state of consciousness is transforming and transcending. Many are awakening as our conscious awareness expands.
Reference: Kuhn, Thomas, S., “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”, Second Edition, Enlarged, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1970(1962)