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May 2, 2013 / Dale Melchin

Four Cars, Four Kinds of Life

Our human life can be compared to many things. I was speaking to my mentor today and we talked about how the process of self-transformation is a lot like typing out computer code and building a program.  The difference between the human mind and software is you can delete the old, bad code from a computer program.

With the human mind you have to constantly type out good code and you have to do it while the program is running, and you can’t delete the bad code, you have to write over it. You have to just keep typing out the code. And it has to be done constantly because in addition to our new code we are  typing out we are also picking up new code while the program is running as we go through life and that new code can be good  or bad. That is the one aspect we can work is we can limit our exposure to new code and select the good over the bad.   But  the overall program has to be done by us, the Programmers.

My exposure to programming limited to talking to programmers in training, watching the Matrix Trilogy and messing around on Khan Academy. A better understood analogy may be the car. We all have one, and we all understand what it does, and we’ve seen them in all four states of function.

There are 4 Kinds of Cars. The first is the one that absolutely doesn’t work. The next one is the sucky but functional car. It has a bunch of hidden problems that could turn into a big problem. The next one is the high performance car and the after that is the high performance car with weapons and computer systems or the Batmobile as I like to call it.

In this series, we’ll discuss each of these vehicles in detail. As you are writing, you’ll get an idea of which one best fits you and where you want to be.

To be honest with you, most of us are the sucky but functional car. We get the job done, but we have a hard time working with our problems, but we are alive. This affords us the greatest opportunity, because we have the skills needed to
keep working on our problems.

How does the car analogy resonate with you? Is there a better metaphor to work with?


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