Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The New Professionalism 2

New professionals realize that Science & Spirit are connected, are two sides of the same coin. Nearly 200 years ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Get your bloated nothingness out of the way of the divine circuits."


New professionals get their bloated nothingness out of the way by using both/and thinking instead of either/or thinking. New professionals realize it's not either Science or Spirit, but both Science and Spirit. New professionals know that trade-offs are not necessary. Being an old professional and choosing either Science or Spirit is playing with half a deck, only some of the marbles.  Why not learn to be a new professional and play with all your marbles and a full deck? Imagine what you could accomplish for yourself, your community and the world if you had the full use of both Science and Spirit, right now.


Most people still want to be considered ‘professional,’ even as professional prestige and self-image decline. Encouraged by the wealth of specialized knowledge available on the internet, hungry, desperate and hopeful people seek the professional life-style, fueling an explosion in the self-help "industry."


Even as the professions are subordinated to the interests of corporations and government, the ideal of the independent professional flourishes. As scholars, lawyers, engineers and physicians become employees -- workers in a bureaucracy rather than autonomous managers of their own careers, the myth of their career-style remains strong. Mergers and consolidations create vast concentrations of power spanning the globe - difficult even for national governments to manage, but most individuals still cling to the ideal of professional integrity and independence.

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