‘…the miracle of 5 loaves and 2 fishes’, the Wakefield Doctrine and improving the quality of your life
Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
Yes, we really did use a reference to one of the most famous of the miracles in the New Testament in the title of today’s Post.
Before our more literal minded Readers ( yeah, the rogers, who else? ) get themselves worked up, lets get right to ‘the statement that is being made’. Everyone has heard about the miracle of the loaves and fishes. We (just) learned from our friends at wikipedia that this is the only miracle that is repeated/re-told in all 4 Gospels. Quick re-cap of the story for our non-judeo/christian/Western culture Friends:
This is also known as the “miracle of the five loaves and two fish” given that the Gospel of John reports that five small barley loaves and two small fish supplied by a boy were used by Jesus to feed a multitude.According to the Gospels, when Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been killed, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place near Bethsaida. The crowds followed Jesus on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
“Bring them here to me,” he said.
Jesus directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. ( our friends at Wikipedia )
The story is told and re-told for various purposes and to make a variety of points…true generosity is limitless, the power of sharing and the nutritional importance of seafood as a source of Omega-3 fatty acids. But what lesson can we take from this story that would help us with (using the Wakefield Doctrine) to improve the quality of our own lives? Two things:
- the Wakefield Doctrine is for you and not for them
- there is no single, global strategy for improving the quality of your life
- (and) it does not have to make sense in order to work
When we say, ‘the Wakefield Doctrine is for you and not for them‘ we mean that it (Doctrine) cannot be used to change the behavior of other people in our lives. We sometimes look around and think, ‘My life would be better if only so and so was different’ or ‘I would be able to do this, if only they would not do that’. The Wakefield Doctrine lets you understand why people act the way that they do. That’s it.
The Doctrine maintains that you have the capability of acting as the other two personality types do. If you are a clark, there may be times when you would be best served acting like a scott. If you are a roger then there are times to be clarklike.
And, most of the time, knowing about clarks and scotts and rogers is just plain fun as you watch people act just the way you read about in this blog!
No? well pass me the fish sticks anyway!