Because of the paradigm shift, individuals can find themselves in one of four fundamental categories concerning new paradigm thought [this is inclusive of individuals everywhere, whether in the church or without]:
1) I Don’t Know that I Know – I only need to learn how to think about what I know
2) I Know that I Know – I only need a means to live out of what I know
3) I Know that I Don’t Know – I need to learn from an outside source what I don’t know
4) I Don’t Know that I Don’t Know – I do not see a need to learn to think differently
1) If we don’t know that we know how to think in the new paradigm, then we only need someone (or something) to affirm that which is seated deeply in our memory. We simply need someone to remind us of what we know but don’t realize that we know. Perhaps we find ourselves thinking differently than the accepted norm, but we just thought there was something wrong with us.
2) If we know that we know how to think in the new paradigm, then we are probably living it out in opposition (or at least, in competition) and in spite of the dominate “system.” The thinking of the new paradigm and its shifting comes natural to us; it is the only way we know how to think and live. Normally we find ourselves as the outcasts if we are operating in the system, or many of us have simply abandoned the system in search of an alternative avenue to exercise our thoughts. We find ourselves thinking differently than the norm, but we know that there is nothing wrong with our thinking.
3) If we know that we don’t know how to think in the new paradigm, then we must first attempt to learn that which we don’t know. Usually, if we don’t already know (either knowing we know or not knowing that we know), however, we will never know. Therefore, realizing that we don’t know how to think in the new paradigm and its shifting we must equip others who do know to live and move in their knowing. Because we don’t know doesn’t make us useless, but extremely useful. We supply cover and support – we are a connecting bridge from the old – for the new thinking. We are a necessity in the wholeness of humanity.
4) However, if we don’t know that we don’t know how to think in the new paradigm, then we are (as a rule) in an impossible predicament. We fight to maintain the old system with its old ways of thinking and doing things; not realizing that we are actually fighting against God and His constant movement in the cosmos. Not realizing that we don’t know that God is doing a new thing, we see anyone who thinks differently as a threat, an outsider, and/or a trouble-maker. And since we don’t know God is doing a new thing we don’t know that we are maintaining an organization, and not moving as a part of a living organism. It is a certain fact that we will never know that we don’t know, simply because we don’t recognize that which we don’t realize.
Now, what do we do with these facts? How do we begin to understand the facts of these differences between us? If God is reconciling the cosmos to God’s-self through God’s Son, how do we live with one another, reconciled in these differences?