Blunderland and Wonderland
An unborn child learns to think inside the womb and  brain activity can be detected with an electroencephalogram at six weeks and from that time on the embryo starts to  learn to respond to stimulation.  The important point,  is that the unborn child has already begun to think even  before it is born.    

The structure of the child’s pre-school world.

Families usually have an internal structure that is vertical and restrictive.  This is not a criticism, merely an observation.

The educational system.

Schools are vertically structured  and restrictive in nature.

The post school years.

Industry, the military services and the government all  have vertical structures and are restrictive.

Vertical thinking.

Vertical systems are often considered useful for control and organisation  processes. Vertical systems produce individuals conditioned to vertical thinking and vertical structures.  
“Vertical thinking is a type of approach to problems that usually involves one being selective, analytical, and sequential. It could be said that it is the opposite of lateral thinking.”  (Source Wikipedia ).  
Vertical thinking is by it’s very  nature restrictive and stifles creativity, imagination and inventiveness.
Quite often, vertical thinking can cause problems, rather than solve them, for example all  outstanding problems in the world …. Remain problems … because the vertical model has failed to solve them.

Red Pill or Blue Pill ?

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes”  (Morpheus. The Matrix).

Lateral thinking.

Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. (Source Wikipedia).
Lateral thinking can produce solutions to problems when all other methods have failed.


Wonderland is a state of mind and not a place, however it may be a little easier to regard it so … just as Morpheus did.  We know that the entrance to Wonderland is via the rabbit hole.  Now I can fly down the hole with no problems, but it maybe impossible for many vertical thinkers, because  the size of their misconceptions, may be too big and one really does have to work hard at leaving them behind. Don’t worry, you can pick them up on the way out, as you will need them again, in order to survive in the vertical world.
Wonderland has only two rules, the first is never to ridicule other peoples ideas, because every idea however crazy it may seem, is a pointer to the truth. The other rule is “Do no Harm”.
In wonderland forget  the “ …selective, analytical an sequential” stuff, that kind of thinking failed to solve the worlds problems, so in Wonderland we have to do things differently … or end up with the same  failures.  I often think, that the change is rather like breaking the chains that bind you to the turkeys … so that your mind can fly and soar with the eagles !.  At first, it may seem a strange world and after being a prisoner of a restrictive system all your life,  freedom takes a little getting used to. It is an extremely exciting world, with no artificial limits … everything is possible here.
Wonderland is not something that can be explained with mere  words, you have to experience it, to understand the pure joy of it.  The other small point, is that it is mankind’ s only remaining hope of getting out of the mess we are in !

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