Many times, what people celebrate is the product; few find the reasons behind or origin of the creation of the product. And it is not rocket science that the essence of anything lies in its origin . . . and this is what many developed countries are doing to be able to stand out above other developing or under-developed countries. They do not only celebrate the product, they investigate the product and find out the process and the people involved in making the product what it is.
Any sustainable system or community does not accept the finished product from another system without critical examination of what it entails and the story behinds its formation. What is paramount to every sustainable system is originality i.e. the ability to come up with a finished product that takes the essence of the processes and the people involved.
Even when a system wants to replicate the deeds or products of another system, originality demands an exercise called DEEP Learning . . . this is the process that takes people from the surface level of experiencing a product to the DEEP Level of understanding of its make-up and a research of the history behind it’s make-up. We must know what the situation to which they were responding that necessitated the making of a particular product.
When DEEP Learning is done, the HOW and WHY of a product will be revealed and in the bid to replicate the same things, the WHY and HOW of the replicator may differ thereby leading to another version of WHAT. DEEP Learning leads to Innovation and sometimes, it leads to invention depending on how adaptable the product under study is to the system.
DEEP Learning is first of a function of culture (i.e. people’s response to issues or challenges) and history before it boils down to the art, science and technology of how things are done or made. The originality of any replicator makes the new version of the product takes form after the people and the processes involved. This is because, at the DEEP Level, the replicator will have the understanding of the products together with the knowledge of the resources available within the system for the purpose of initiating another journey of creating, forming and making of something new.
DEEP Learning entails knowing through cultural and history then employing the resources and technology to come up with processes and systems or products needed for productivity and efficiency. DEEP Learning is not a lazy task; it takes time, energy and even resources before a conclusion on what to do comes to fore.
We must look DEEPer beyond what we see and walk in the process down to who initiated what we are seeing around us. Our learning/education must take us down to the rudiments from which everything emanates. It is our knowledge from product to the core (creation) that gives us the ability to initiate processes in order to form products.
By the time we walk through some things till the end, we will start from that point so that we can replicate what HE had taken us through in a new manner. What we arrive at does not natter more than where we start from. All that matters in the end is that we arrive at the required destination.