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, March 5, 2013
Betsy Ross - The Map is Not the Territory
General Semantics involves thinking about thinking—a self-awareness
and realization that most of the time we mis-take the map—our words, for the
territory—the thing itself. It’s about moments of conscious awareness during
which I am aware that my words and language involve selective perception—taking
things out of context, isolating them and acting as if, if I could just do this
one thing, everything would be OK.General
Semantics helps me take responsibility for this kind of abstracting and enables
me, and you, to see the interdependence, interrelatedness and complexity that
is really there. It enables us to take responsibility for our over simplifying stinkin’
thinkin’ and change it.
Here is an example General Semantics debunking a cherished
American myth written by Martin H. Levinson: The Map: Betsy Ross Sewed the
First American Flag. A review of the territory: The legend of Betsy Ross as the
first embroiderer of the American flag was originally brought to light in 1870,
when one of her grandson, William J. Canby, reported a story his grandmother
had told him. According to Canby, George Washington and several others visited
Betsy’s upholstery shop in Philadelphia
and showed her a crude drawing of the flag, which she then produced. After
Canby’s death, a book called The Evolution of the American Flag, published in
1909, presented the claims for Betsy Ross made by Canby in 1870.
While Betsy Ross did make some flags in the late eighteenth
century, it is known that she made ‘ship’s colors’ for which she was paid, no
one has been able to verify that the Canby story is true. Furthermore, some
evidence exist that a Philadelphia
poet named Francis Hopkinson designed the Stars and Stripes in 1780. However,
Betsy Ross is still thought of by most as the sewer of the first American flag,
and her house in Philadelphia
has become a historical site. There is even doubt among historians that she
even lived in that house.