Saint Paul, Gestalt, and The Beatles.

1 Corinthians 12:14-20

For the body does not consist of one member but of many.  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?  But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

In previous posts I wrote about Paul addressing peer pressure and being a team builder, how he understood the concept of team.

In these verses I found another example of Paul’s understanding of team.  I found another example of how he understood that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Paul writes about how each member of the team is important to that team.

Just like a good band.

I said good band, not a group or a group of musicians.

A band is an entity and all the players are an integral part of the entity.  Each member of the band or team is essential to the sound that it creates.

A prime example of a band and the team concept as Paul is describing in Corinthians is The Beatles.

For years I remember Ringo being somewhat maligned as a drummer and that was unjust.

All the Beatles on their own were good musicians and highly creative.  But as individual musicians none of them were of the caliber of some of the top studio musicians of their day.  However the song writing abilities of Lennon and McCartney were second to none, then and now.  (I wonder if their songs would have been as big of hits if first performed by other artists.)

But when you put together these four musicians they produced a sound greater than anyone of them could have individually. And let’s not forget the fifth team member who was also responsible for that great sound, George Martin.

The Beatles went on to produce some great music as solo artist but none of it ever achieved the pinnacle reached by that unique team, The Beatles.

Here is Paul (Saint Paul not Sir Paul) pointing out this Gestalt psychology long before the German guys were kicking around the idea.

As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

There is nothing new under the sun.

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