Six Key Points on the Reactive Mode…Point One

I would like to add a few more key points about the reactive mode before moving on.

First, a person operating in the reactive mode can become familiar, comfortable, and sophisticated in its use over time.  After years of experience operating in the reactive mode, a person can encounter a large number of problems and pragmatically improvise workable solutions.  This is one way that the small business owner can develop the business growth stifling attitude of: “I have to do everything myself because I am the only one who can do things right.”  Or more concisely: “I alone have all the answers.”

But once stuck in the relentlessly time-consuming routine of the reactive mode of problem-solving…answering questions and resolving issues inefficiently one-at-a-time, in-the-moment as they arise…it becomes increasingly difficult to break free and find the extra time to formulate a transition to a more methodical, proactive approach because we become bogged-down in the daily crisis management of “putting out fires” that come along unexpectantly and inconveniently according to their timing and not ours.

The natural world in terms of the variety of living forms is certainly much more complicated than any human enterprise.  If initially the diversity of life progressed from the simple to the complex through the reactive mode of genetic mutations acted upon by natural selection, the expanding “cone of diversity” postulated by Darwin would continually overwhelm the reactive mode, guaranteeing that the natural world would still to this day be likewise stuck in the catch-up mode of inefficient response and reaction.

The reactive mode never got started in biology as the motive force of creative diversity because the reactive mode is currently not self-evident in biology today.  The genetic variation, adjustments, and fine-tuning in the biological world are confined to microevolution alone…which is peripheral and remedial…not constructive, not creative, not macro in scope.  If nature used genetic mutation and natural selection as its creative, informational formulation method in the reactive mode, it would still be stuck in this process today and easy to detect.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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