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If it Ain’t Broke…

We all think differently. And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Our opinions on a matter determine how we respond to it, but this doesn’t make us wrong or right. Rather, it prepares us to deal with what we are facing.Here’s what I mean.

In his 2006 TED Talk “This Is Broken”, Seth Godin makes the case that if something is perceived as “broken”, that is just what it is. Broken. Whether it is tangible or not, the perception of something not working immediately halts us from going forward with it. If it was a sign, we would disregard it, if it were a way of marketing, we’d simply not use it. A major facet of “This Is Broken” is that we all have different mindsets. Additionally, we can intentionally make something appear broken to most in order to only reach those we want to have hear our message (Godin, 2006).

In The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, the philosopher uses a short story about prisoners in a cave and the shadows within it to explain his thoughts of human perception. His argument is that perceiving something solely at face value is a mere opinion and that it takes further reasoning to actually form knowledge on a subject. This directly relates back to Godin’s take, where a chart can appear completely confusing and disorganized to many; the few who it is meant for have to study it and read deeply into it before they can have their “a-ha” moment when it all clicks together.

How we absorb the physical information presented to us sets off a chain reaction of how we handle and adapt to this info. We are more receptive and engaged when we take things further and evaluate what we’ve been given, using logic and reason to back our ideas.



Godin, S. (2006, September). This is broken. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_this_is_broken_1?language=en

Plato. (n.d.). THE ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE Republic , VII 514 a, 2 to …, Retrieved from https://web.stanford.edu/class/ihum40/cave.pdf

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