Well, that’s a very good question.
Let’s start with a clarification, just in case: If you’re expecting something sleazy or conspirative behind that term, you’re definitely in the wrong part of the internet.
Still here? Great! 😉
By now, you’ve probably realized that The Hidden Things is about structure in all areas of life, and in different forms: as patterns, as relations and connections, as processes, as symmetry, as concepts. Structure expresses itself through time, space, relationships, or in abstract terms.
So why didn’t we call this website “Structure Central” then, or “The Joy of Structure”?
To us, structure is everywhere. We can see it in conversations, in relationships, in mathematical formulas, in business projects, in nature, and in a ton of other things.
And over the years, we’ve realized that these structures are an essential, generic component of life in our universe.
(Not sure about other universes, tbh, but we can probably leave them out of the discussion for now.)
Structure determines growth, and biological life itself.
Structure is essential for the formation of planets – and for how the relationships with your significant other, your parents or your kids work.
(Don’t believe me on the last part? Start looking for structures and patterns in your communication with the people near and dear to you. You can thank me later…)
And the really cool thing is that everything has its own structure – but there are repeating patterns and components across seemingly unrelated things.
Uncovering these patterns, the relations, the processes and the structures themselves is beautiful, because these things ARE beautiful.
I guess this statement puts me slightly into the “weird people” category, but hey… it’s true!
Think about it: Have you ever looked at a close-up of a snowflake and admired its beauty? That, my friend, is because its structure is beautiful!
So that’s how the term “things” in the website title came to be – structure (at least the way we understand it) is in all things.
But why did we call it “The Hidden Things”? I mean, apart from the fact that this sounds mysterious and secretive and just plain cool?
The structures which drive things are often hidden in plain sight.
Take the example of your communications with your parents, or partner, or kids.
There are bound to be certain structures and processes in those communications, which you keep enacting again and again.
But PERCEIVING these structures, being aware of them, that can be darn hard work, can’t it?
(If you’ve ever tried to consciously change some patterns of behaviour in a relationship, you’ll know this firsthand.)
The same is true in other areas. If, for example, the underlying structure of nature and of our universe would be obvious, then being a scientist would be a pretty boring job.
As it is, a lot of our brightest minds work really hard on uncovering these structures – and we’re still far from understanding even the tip of the iceberg.
I could go on and on, but you get the gist:
Structure is hiding in plain sight.
Or, from a different viewpoint: Us humans are so good at processing and enacting structures that we do that automatically and, for the most part, unconsciously.
However, uncovering the structures which are behind everything, these “Hidden Things”, can be great fun – and also give you important insights.
This is not just true in science or research, but also in your personal life.
If you can perceive the hidden structures in your relationships, you’ve got a chance to change things for the better.
If you can transfer structures from one area (e.g. nature) to another area (e.g. a business setting), you might come up with creative solutions to seemingly overwhelming problems.Fair warning: Making hidden structures visible is not just great fun, it could also change your life. Click To Tweet
Making the “Hidden Things” visible is not just rewarding in itself, it could also change your life.
You have been warned!
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