How do we understand?

For most things, we just do. We don’t have to think about it.

Or at least that’s what it feels like.

But actually, that’s the automatic, environmentally shaped pathways operating in our subconscious. Processing what we are exposed to without conscious thought.

We just know.

This is fine for much of daily life, most of the time.

Except when it’s not.

When something shifts – like language or culture – and how we thought we understood feels less sure.

Or when the framework of assumptions we have been living with cracks, or are exposed as inadequate.

This is uncomfortable.

And the big question is: what do we do next?

Push it all back in the box and shout louder to mask the dissonance?

Or sit with the discomfort? Consciously working with it until we have a better paradigm. Even if it challenges us to rethink some of our foundational beliefs.

People at the edge do things like this…