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.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Balancing Either/or and Both/and
“A shift from either/or
thinking to both/and thinking…” is
what I posted yesterday. A shift.Not, one or the other, not either/or or both/and, but both either/or
and both/and--a balance.
The question then becomes when to shift, when to rebalance? When have we had too much of one and need to
shift to the other?
When the results, the phenomena and our experience have gone
too far in one direction and are creating problems, not working for the benefit
of people—individuals, society, and the planet—when we are not contributing to
a world that works for everyone and everything.
We have, to me, reached an imbalance and a need to shift in
our use of smart phones, iPads, Twitter, Tumblr and that kind of technology.
These things have, as John J. Pitney Jr. wrote in the 10/15 Christian Science Monitor, “increased
the speed and reach of communications…so that almost as soon as a thought
enters your mind you can send it everywhere. Twitter-like thinking—the kind
that relies on quick intuition and impulse—can work well when we’re playing
sports, for instance.
“[But] public life is different.Impulse reacting draws on stereotypes and
mental shortcuts that can mislead us when we apply them to political questions.
It is better to [shift to] a more deliberative and reasoned approach, thinking
things through and seeking additional information.”