Society is a differentiated entity. It contains love, war, caring, aggression, invention, traditionalism, and all other traits found in humans. These traits tend to collect in pockets. If you go into the academic world, you'll find a higher concentration of traits such as strict rational thinking and a lower concentration of traits such as comradery and tenderness than in the population at large. If you enter the world of night clubs, you will find a high concentration of sexuality and a low concentration of rational thinking. Society has places where every human characteristic we have in us finds its full expression. (Stable communities with pockets of certain traits form the sociopsychological realms I talked about yesterday). This applies to information aspects as well.
So, where do we find pockets of in society?
Concentrations of are to be found wherever something big is just beginning and the outcome is unknown. "Big" is a subjective concept; it can apply to both an important new theory that might change the way the world views things and to a new acquaintance that might lead to something important later on. At any rate, we are talking about the beginning of things that will cause changes in the outside world, as opposed to internal or invisible, qualitative changes. A new business will be created; a new couple will form; popular conceptions will be overturned. We see pockets of wherever these things are about to happen. More specifically, this means more people of types paying close attention to and trying to participate in new developments.
Ironically, as soon as what was expected to happen actually materializes, or the outcome becomes known, the energy and attention dissipates and heads elsewhere (essentially, types stop paying attention). If what has been created is a visible, tangible asset that can be owned or taken away, congregates. If the result is a technology or reliable means of production, gathers. If the outcome is a fun, exciting, or emotionally moving activity, comes to the forefront.
The race of against in socionics.
I've already discussed the integral type of socionics. So far, is in the lead. Important connections and insights have been made, but the theory is raw, unfinished, and sometimes contradictory. Many people think something "big" might be done with socionics, but no one knows for sure. As long as this outcome remains unclear, and new insights and connections are being added to socionics faster than existing connections have been formalized and fully integrated into the theory, is winning. As soon as the "termites" crunch through and digest all the existing material and even reach the most recent insights, will win out. In the article I linked to above, I discussed the possibility of the integral type of socionics shifting to LII or LSI as socionics reaches the limits of its expansion and applicability.
If ever happened to become the primary focus of socionics, it would take a long and convoluted evolution before became dominant again, if ever. This is because the types would have mostly left the field or stopped investing energy in it. Something very important would have to change in the external situation to create fundamentally new opportunities for the field to the degree that the surge of interest would overpower traditions.
The same thing that happens on an organizational level happens on the individual level as well. For instance, as soon as I stop writing down new insights (or mental connections) and begin restructuring and reworking old ones, the emphasis disappears and is usually replaced by (creating material that "works better" for the user) or (improving logical consistency and clarity).
As we can see, we are unwitting tools in the hands of larger-scale processes. Each of us is unconsciously drawn into performing certain tasks of group significance that go far beyond our own physical survival, based on our socionic type and other personal traits.
Back to pockets of in society...
Obviously, every field and activity imaginable will have at least some minor concentration of somewhere in it, as there is potential for at least some significant change or potentially interesting outcomes in every community or system at certain moments in its development. For example, if we take the field of oil drilling, at the dawn of the oil era was likely focused on imagining how much oil there was and whether it could be used for anything. As it became clear that oil was a useful resource, focused on making contacts between businessmen interested in developing the oil industry that might lead to future partnerships and breakthroughs. As oil drilling became a common practice, shifted to trying to guess where else there might be oil around the world. Today, is preoccupied with what will happen when the oil runs out and what alternative energy sources might be developed.
Mar 27, 2007