Archive for April 2013

Open Our Minds – PLEASE!

April 20, 2013

Should I go this way or that?  What is right and what is wrong?  Are you for it or against it?  Is that person good or bad?  Often when people speak about the issues of the day they take sides.  But unlike the multitude of shapes they could take a position around, circle, square, oval, etc., they form around a straight line – this side or that side; my way or your way.  I recently discovered the following excerpt from Alice Camille that offers an alternative and, I would suggest, a more healthy approach.

“Often we view the world in binary terns: yes/no, right/wrong, good/evil, salvation/condemnation.  Are there pros and cons to this perspective, or is the two-column evaluation system one more indication that the binary code has got a death grip on our way of thinking?  Experience teaches us that not everything comes down to either/or.  Sometimes there’s a third way through life’s dilemmas (keeping in mind that the work “dilemma” means “two assumptions”).  We may make two assumptions about the way ahead, see our choices as black-and-white, but that’s rarely the truth of the matter.  The road may fork left and right ahead of us, but we can also choose to stop, turn around, drive on the median, or drive off the road altogether and forge a new trail.”

We, along with all people in leadership positions, should examine the many facets of each issue rather than taking a dualistic and many times unflinching stance.  We need to acknowledge that each perspective may have some “truth” to offer and no perspective is the total truth for everyone – everywhere – forever.  It is imperative that we actively seek to communicate and understand all perspectives of each issue if we truly seek the optimal solutions for all concerned.