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Critical thinking is needed now more than ever

We seem to be so polarised as people at present. Even before COVID-19 disrupted our lives, and unfortunately, this is starting to show up in the workplace.  When does a strong political view or ideology become too much?  Too much focus, too much rumination, invoking too many feelings, and sadly too little mental and emotional flexibility.

Has your Narrative become too much?

Regardless of whether you lean to the left or the right, Believe that Global warming is real, Support Black lives matter, the Me too movement or any other disadvantaged communities.

When our thoughts become too strong, affecting our ability to think with flexibility, then we need to take a step back.

I remember just a few years ago, a popular saying…

“You do you and I’ll do me”.

However, this seems to have developed into;

“I’ll do me and you do you – except that you are doing you wrong”.

With all of the polarisation in the world at present, we are consumed by emotion, leaving us mentally and emotionally inflexible to the ideas, thoughts, and beliefs of others.

Listening to someone’s point of view and then dismissing it or even worse, ridiculing that person because it doesn’t fit with your Narrative is not remaining true to your cause.  In my view, that unwillingness to hear another perspective, to ask questions, or to consider a different narrative is a dangerous place to dwell.

So, I invite you to join me.  Come stand in the centre with me.  Not left, not right.  Come listen with your critical thinking brain.  Come with your values and your beliefs but also come with a desire to understand, and to find common ground.

Try asking:

  1. Have you considered the following
  2. What are the implications…
  3. Explain to me how you think that might work?
  4. What expectations do you have?

Come stand in the centre with me… if only for small moments at a time…Listen, consider, understand and most importantly, respect someone else view.   

There is no right or wrong, there are only differences in perspective. 

Drop me a line if this resonates with you or if you have any comments or questions. Email click HERE.

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