Article Archive for November 2012
The character of the discourse we have in love or in disagreement, in politics, business or family, defines the character of our person. That is to say, it is our choice to use divisive language and framing to discuss the issues we care about but in so doing we limit our own capacity for sound judgment, common sense and compassion.
Some key skills – inquiry, listening, systems-thinking, deep focus -are also character traits. That is to say they are wired into our personality – and they often run directly contrary to the social popularity contest that defines much of the Internet. Some of the best and brightest thinkers I know keep a low social profile.