Learning Counter Intuitiveness
I have always found this picture thought provoking. If you have not seen it before, it
displays data collected to help decide how to better armour planes in WW2. The red dots are bullet holes collected from planes returning from missions.
Looking at the data it is easy to see why they planned to better armour the tips of wings, the tail and the middle of the fuselage. The problem is that armouring these areas is not the best idea and will not better protect the planes.
The reasoning behind this is simply that the data only show the damage to the planes that made it back to base and not those that crashed. Those that crashed, it was argued, had been hit in other areas like the engines and cockpit. Armour those critical areas and let the plane collect holes in non critical areas (those marked) and more planes should return home.
This example demonstrates the importance of learning counter intuitiveness. To simply accept what we can see as true and right may not in fact be the best idea. Learning to correctly interpret what we see around us is a critical skill to safely navigate the world and the stories embedded in it.
Jesus’ story is an interesting example of counter intuitive thinking. Hailed as the greatly anticipated conquering King, the person of Jesus was not what was expected by the majority of people at the time. His message and demonstrations of love, sacrifice, forgiveness and mercy for all were, and remain, profoundly counter intuitive. The majority of the big influential thinkers of the day missed what was important because they had a preconceived picture in mind. Sadly many continue to look at Jesus and fail to look deep enough to find the truth and hope that He offers.
Learning to be counter intuitive and applying it wisely takes time to learn and master. Learning to look deeper and ask the right questions better equips us to go into the world and make differences that matter. My hope is that together we will help grow generations of young men and women who are able to think counter intuitively and bravely and boldly, but humbly (when appropriate) not conform to the patterns of the world.