Crisis and personal morphogenesis

Sometimes by its very nature, routinization begets change, a desire for change that was laying dormant in the mind and cultural experience within the biography of the individual, which may then be trigged into activation by a concatenation of circumstances. Unanticipated crisis can break monotony and bring great change, anticipated change can bring realization of monotony and bring crisis and bring greater change. The former may sometimes be the lot of the working class male factory worker, facing redundancy, or the working class woman facing marital breakdown; the latter may be the working class woman enrolling on Access as the children are settled in school, but that very enrolment may unsettle her own life circumstances.

John Alford, Journeys : personal morphogenesis, Pg 319

4 thoughts on “Crisis and personal morphogenesis”

  1. ‘Routinization’ being probably a common constellation of activities as any particular set of duties in an employment capacity, a leveling off of curiosity and means of creative enthusiasm for ‘personal’ involvement requiring change in orientation or devotion, supposing that emotional/cognitive vitality and thriving is a ‘good’ to be sought for its own sake, as if happiness depended upon it. Give me Discovery; give me Invention! Otherwise, welcome to the ‘real’ world and status-quo of ‘adult’ existence and responsibility, I guess.

  2. I think routine can be a foundation for change and growth though – I hoped my PhD would untangle my fascination and confusion about these questions but it really hasn’t.

  3. I observe that you have a useful tool kit of perspectives, well enough articulated to snatch my own interests…a kind of reflection across paths taken, criticism the while informing all. Intriguing still in the mean. Thanks!

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