This riddle is about a young man brought by ambulance into an Emergency ward. He was in need of immediate surgery, but the surgeon on duty declined to perform his operation on the basis that the young man was immediate family even though the surgeon was neither his father nor grandfather. Why? If you figured out right away that the surgeon was his mother, then you are in the minority of men and women who actually remember we are in a bilateral world.
Two’s are everywhere: two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, two kidneys… You get the idea. But we rarely apply the advantages of dual vision to our businesses, cities, countries or planet. Instead we use an ill-defined mono-vision to view the world as a flat plane. Multiple perspectives on the same focal point would yield more than just depth of field; they would reveal multiple dimensions of reality within the same focal zone.
When we find multiple dimensions in a given focal zone, it produces better farms, better markets, better factories, better banks, better homes, better vehicles, better schools, better hospitals, better courts, better police, better airports, better historical awareness, and better futures sensing. Did I leave anything out? Of course I did. Make your own list. In fact, make your own experiment. Design something, anything: a tree house, a board game, a bridge, a meeting agenda – anything. Then ask a group of six people as diversified as you can find (as long it has a bilateral balance of three women and three men), to critique the design of your tree house, board game, bridge or meeting agenda. You will be richly rewarded.
The young man awoke in post-op having been attended by the alternate surgeon; and his mother, the primary surgeon, was at his bedside, stroking his hand, talking to him softly, doing what mothers do.