Blog of Sara Jakša

The Cultural Concepts of Explaining the World

I have noticed that from time to time there are instances, where a situation or even a scene in a movie starts to be referenced by the specific name, which would describe it to a t. And I have realized that some of these are quite helpful to help me explain the world. Even though a lot of times these are like references, so people who are not familiar with them might not get it.

My favorite one is a rubik complex. I first came across it in the House MD series. In one of these scenes Wilson observes that while some doctors have a messiah complex, House has a rubik complex. The rubik complex was supposed to be this need to solve every puzzle to come one's way. It was helpful because I could now relate this concept to the people that want to understand who it is like to use Ti as the first function. Well, it is like everything is a puzzle and there is a need to solve puzzles all the time. Most of the time, there is not enough energy to solve everything.

The other one which I also encounter a lot, especially when I am over-reading the work section on the stack exchange. It is the bus factor. The bus factor basically says, that if your best employee would be hit by the bus tomorrow, what would you do? The thinking is that no company should be so dependent on one person, that things would stop working if one person was hit by the bus.

I find it really interesting, because the companies that my parents are running don't really seems to take this into account for at least some people. They don't even care, but it is like a constant theme on the workplace stackexhange.

There are also some non media or internet related. They are just not as fun to describe as these are. Alright, maybe this is not exactly true, but it is at least true in a sense, that upper one are a lot more connected with the subcultures in my culture than the other cultures, so I am less afraid, that I am going to write something wrong.

But I like noticing the concepts like that, because in a way, these are like the little rules and tidbits that help explain the world. Do they make our life and decision making better? This is debatable. But they are fun. A window to how other people see the world.

Some other concepts that also appear frequently in the similar situations are pareto principle, or Peter's principle. But as far as I know, both of these two are mathematical concepts as well, so while they are also interesting, the are fun in a different way.