Close the gap between who you’re capable of being and who you’re actually being, moment to moment to moment. (Brian Johnson)
Between stimulus and response there is a space, and in that space lies our growth and our freedom. (Viktor Frankl)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What is integral thinking?”
“It is the capacity to integrate two or more ideas into one higher-order idea. It is an unifying emergent process.
Let’s take the two initial quotes as an example.
What unifies the two quotes is the metaphoric concept of gap.
In the former, actualizing your potential in the moment is expressed as closing the gap. Brian calls it Arete.
In the latter, we might think of widening the space between stimulus and response as creating a gap. Brian calls it Response-ability.
Similarly, we might metaphorically think of a problem as a gap between where we are and where we want to be. Solving the problem is the process of crossing/bridging the gap.