The Idea of Best Ideas refers to the concept of reaching the best ideas through constant improvement of an idea (semper amplio), constant scrutiny, and collaboration with multiple minds. It relies on the premise that an idea should be able to stand on its own merit, therefore any proponents of an idea that ask that the idea not be questioned must fear that it cannot stand against scrutiny, thus it must not be the best idea. If the goal is to get to the best idea, or if the goal is to improve an idea, the idea must be secure enough to accept feedback or criticism.
This process is basically the scientific method for ideas. A person who originates an idea without being open to improvements on the idea is doing so not for the sake of the idea, but for the sake of their own ego or they require validation or recognition. This is one of the primary reasons Loricism starts with Ingenium, so we help build the individual up so they do not need such validation or recognition. Because Loricism espouses the Idea of Best Ideas, Loricism itself must also always remain open to critique and suggestions for improvement. Otherwise, the system does not even use the principals it espouses, and becomes hypocritical, undermining itself.
This process for moving closer to the Best Idea is basically the scientific method for ideas. For this we use the acronym IDEA (initiate, distribute, enhance, abandon). It goes like this:
- INITIATE the idea. Formulate your idea. Make it the best you can. Sound, true, and reasonable. Recognize that it can be improved, always.
- DISTRIBUTE the idea. Share your idea with others. Allow others the chance to examine your idea and find its flaws and offer suggestions. Be brave. This is the hardest part for many people.
- ENHANCE the idea. Make changes and upgrades in accordance with feedback.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 as necessary.
- ABANDON the idea. If the idea is inherently broken and in need of replacement, replace it. If a stronger idea comes along that can replace the original, replace it.