We create the future as a result of the manner in which we choose to engage with situations which concern us.
There is a also a video
for this insight which is a component of the Effective Problem Solving Course
We begin with a [Situation] which is different from the [Desired Situation]. The difference between the two creates a [gap] and if the [Situation] were to become more like the [Desired Situation] the [gap] would get smaller.
If we care enough about the [gap] to engage it encourages us to develop an [Understanding] of the relationships which are responsible for the [Situation] being what it is.
Based on our [Understanding] we craft a [Strategy] that when implemented is intended to improve the [Situation], or so we hope.
Typically the [Understanding] doesn't take into account the complex nature of the relationships responsible for the [Situation] and its context because it appears to be too [Complex & Complicated], or because it isn't perceived to be complex at all.
Not only isn't the [Complex & Complicated] nature taken into account, the reality that cause and effect often have a [Time / Space Separation] is usually also not taken into consideration to the extent it should be, if at all.
As a result the [Strategy] isn't explicitly crafted to minimize [Unintended Consequences] as it should be.
As such the [Unintended Consequences] more often than not tend to make the initial [Situation] even worse.
At times the [Unintended Consequences] also create [New Problems] that have to be addressed later.
We are essentially the poster children for Pogo's "We have met the enemy and he is us." Which is the basis for the statement that the majority of today's problems are the direct result of yesterday's solutions.
If we are to stop being our own worst enemy then don't we need to identify and understand the relevant relations in the [Complex & Complicated] nature of situations? And at times don't we also need to understand the implications of those relations hidden by the [Time / Space Separation]? It would seem that if we improve our our methods and develop a better understanding we can improve the way we deal with situations. Considering the current state of the world around us, don't we have to be?