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.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Political Consequences of Not Balancing Impulse Thinking and Deliberative Thinking
The next few posts will build on my post of a few days ago:
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.
“A shrill feedback cycle is at work: hasty reactions to
hasty reactions to hasty reactions.
“Without clearance from the State Department, a diplomat in Egypt rushes to
tweet about an anti-Islam YouTube video. The Romney campaign rushes to attack
the tweet. The Obama campaign rushes to criticize the Romney attack.
Journalists rush to weigh the political consequences of the campaign exchange.
For days, meanwhile, serious questions about terrorism and embassy security get
too little attention.
“Political polarization heats up when discourse moves faster
than the speed of rational thought.”