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.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Political Consequences of Not Balancing Impulse Thinking and Deliberative Thinking, Part 2
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.
“Political polarization heats up when discourse moves faster
than the speed of rational thought. Given a chance to consider an issue
carefully, people may see the strengths and weaknesses of each side. But when
they respond immediately, they will cheer for the home team and boo the
“This tendency is especially strong during the ‘live
blogging’ of a speech or debate. We will often read ‘Wow!’ ‘Yea!’ ‘lol’. We
will seldom see a commentator saying, ‘Gee, I wonder what will be said next.
Let’s all sleep on it.’”
“Moreover, people of all persuasions know that the
mainstream press is not as thorough or thoughtful as it used to be. Reporters
are reacting to what they see online, then posting their own stuff in hopes of
“As Jay Root writes in his wonderful new book on the Rick
Perry campaign, ‘We’re not so much reporting the news as blurting it.’”
“Even basic factual accuracy can [and does] suffer. Racing
for a scoop this summer, CNN and Fox initially – and falsely – reported that
the Supreme Court had struck down the comprehensive health-care law.”