On Symptomatic and Fundamental Solutions
All too often we are in a rush. We choose fast food over long-term well-being or we lie to preserve peace. However, a lot of short-term decisions create a burden later on. What if the lie is revealed?
I assume we all like problems to be fixed quickly. Some argue problems are part of life. Certainly, there are different ways to deal with them.
Quick Fixes Shift The Burden
Though quick fixes are the easy way and often obvious, often there are more fundamental solutions. What’s more, symptomatic solutions bear the risk of making things worse in the long run. Fundamental solution don’t.
Think of exercise vs. alcohol to manage stress and long-term differences.
In this context Peter Senge, author of the 5th Discipline – The Art & Practice Of The Learning Organization, this is a common pattern you can see across many fields. In systems thinking these patterns are called archetypes.
Systems thinking is a discipline providing tools to see the big picture and the interrelationships between what might, at first, seem to be completely unrelated.
Archetypes are the basic building blocks allowing to understand system dynamics. You can observe them in very different fields, from biology to economics, from management to psychology.