Windows on Finance Part 7
Have you ever noticed that in our thinking we get caught up in linear cause and effect and we set our expectations around that? We have been taught duality thinking e.g. hot/cold, black/white, up/down, left/right cause/effect etc and this framework leads us to the conclusion for example that if we push something, it will move in the direction of our push, and in some cases this holds true e.g. when playing billiards. And yet when we drop a stone into a pond the ripples go outwards at 90 degrees to the angle the stone was dropped. The ripple (the effect) defies all that linear cause and effect thinking by moving at right angles to the push of the stone. This effect is known as Precessional Movement and is well documented in scientific circles (usually with complex formulae).
In fact Precession is a generalised scientific principle i.e. it applies universally and yet we don’t often factor it into our thinking. How would we act if we believed the outcome we were trying to create actually shifted at 90 degrees to where we were pushing? This may help explain a lot of the frustration we experience in life around outcomes that are not showing up no matter how hard we seem to push to get them.