One of the curses (“my name is Legion, for we are many”) of
being an Architect is that they often can see things, as plain as day, that
others who are not Architects cannot see. This does NOT mean that Architects
are in some way superior or more important. It just means they are different.
It’s like everyone else can only see visible light, but Architects can see the
full spectrum from infrared to ultraviolet and beyond. Architects can hear what
others cannot hear, feel what others cannot feel, smell what others cannot
smell and taste what others cannot taste.
But there is another curse far worse than all of these. And
that is that Architects can see into the future. I don’t mean, of course, that
they can tell you the winner of the 4:15 as Ascot! What I mean is that they
have the uncanny ability (some may call it a sixth sense) to be able to foresee
things, to think ahead. In fact it’s more than a sense, it is almost what
defines them to be Architects in the first place. Ignore an Architect because
he is talking about things in the future and there is no point in employing him
in the first place!
Actually, although everyone knows and is taught that there
are five senses, this is in fact wrong (as are many things taught in school!).
The five senses we commonly know about come from Aristotle who also got it
wrong when he said that there are only four elements (Earth, Fire, Water, and
Air). Today, it is thought that there are actually anywhere from nine to twenty
one senses, for example; Pressure, Itch, Thermoception, Proprioception, Tension
Sensors, Nociception, Equilibrioception, Stretch Receptors, Chemoreceptors,
Thirst, Hunger, Magnetoception and Time.
Architects do not necessarily discover new things, more they
discover new ways of seeing existing things. Putting things “in a new light”.
“New Light through Old Windows”
- Chris Rea
Architects expose things that can provide new insights into
existing things. When people see New Light through
Old Windows it can change fundamentally how they see and approach
things, the decisions they take and why. This is one thing that POET helps to
do, but it’s a difficult thing to see - hence the references to SEPs and the
Magic Eye picture at the beginning.
Since Architects can see, hear, taste, feel, and smell
things that others cannot and also have the ability to peer into the future,
they therefore know things that others do not know. Some may say, secrets. And
as someone once said:
“The secret of business is to know something that nobody else
- Aristotle Onassis.
It may be surprising to people, that the leaders of
Enterprises do not see the value that Architects can bring to all domains
rather than just IT. In time they will. I know because I am an Architect and I
can see into the future ;-)