Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Real Problem is Our Thinking, Not Our Politics
Most of the time, believing as we do, that we are separate
individual personalities living in bodies, we feel we have an obligation and
duty to take care of ourselves and not be a burden to other separate individual
personalities living in bodies. We therefore seek to create social systems of
economics, politics and other things such as health care, based on that idea
and maximizing the role of the individual, individual freedom and
responsibility, and minimizing the role of community, interdependence and cooperation.
Metaphysics aside, how realistic is this dualistic,
either/or thinking of the individual vs community model?
Do people really ‘make it’ and ‘succeed (whatever that
means)’ as individuals? To some extent, yes. But what about all the things already
in place that contribute to making that success possible, the things put there
by other people working as a community: the schools, hospitals, roads and
bridges, police and fire (which Republican aggressiveness and Democratic cowardice
are allowing to be gutted)?
Clearly, these other things, built and sustained by
community make individual success possible. So really, the ‘issue’ isn’t either
individual vs community, but how can we release such dualistic, either/or
thinking and work together to have both individual success and community.
And how about men vs women (or protecting men from women);
no abortion under any circumstances vs abortion in cases of ‘authentic’ rape;
or the heroic hard working white middle class vs the free-loading racial
inferiors; or the innocent victimized Christians who are only trying to save
the world vs the godless commies and false religions?Is there no middle ground, no balance?Clearly the problem is not the various
positions, and which position is ‘right’.
The problem is the dualistic, either/or thinking itself.