Linear thinking has a goal in mind, and all goals are made worthless by the inevitability of an ending. Despite whatever goals I will set for myself, the goal of my self has been set already and it's death. Lateral thinkers are without goals and therefore are gifted with a capability to more fully appreciate single moments, however their lack of drive is something I find hard to covet and to me seems like a state of semi death since it is so void of what drives me to keep living.
Originally Posted by CaptainChick
It is the inevitability of death that makes life so fucking precious!!!!
You have one life to live, therefore you should make it worthwhile.
Maybe I'm reading Chick's post too literally, but I don't think that Murkow was talking about a physical death in the slightest. IMO, Murkrow was lamenting that a linear-based goal's productivity only lasts as long as the goal hasn't been reached and therefore limited as opposed to a more spontaneous lateral approach (in his own mind).
I don't know what this means but I have always mentally visualized my thought and reaction patterns as a horizontal spiral pattern in which each loop overlaps and contributes to those behid it as well as those comming while I have recognized that others walk a certainly straight path. No wonder Ne has more energy we need it. It is like taking 500 steps to move forward one. Which we do rather quickly.