In the week since Adam Lanza killed 20 innocent young children and six heroic adults in the town of Newport, Connecticut, many people have proclaimed to know why it happened, or at least who or what to blame.
There are many degrees of truth, but no absolute truths, only absolute beliefs.
Informed only by the limited details reported ad nauseum by media, they’ve reached a conclusion.
Well, I’ve got news for them. For the most part, they’re wrong. They’re wrong because they point to one single answer as though it were the absolute truth. There is no single version of the truth. No One Right Answer. Not for Sandy Hook, not for the fiscal cliff, not for your business, not for a better relationship with your teenager. Truth is a compound substance composed of many beliefs. There is no pure element in the periodic table of life called Truth. Continue reading
Somewhere today between stuffing the turkey before dawn and eating a second piece of pie before bed, across America people will pause and give thanks for family,
One more reason to be grateful: Brad gives me great hugs. Photo credit: John Sullivan
friends, food, and chances are, a pretty long list of other things. It’s like we save up our thankfulness for this one day of the year and then hope to acknowledge all of it at once, like checking items off a giant list.
We go wide, but not deep, when we express our thankfulness this way. It’s like taking a little bit of everything from the buffet table. We don’t want to over-commit, to get too involved in stating our thankfulness because, well, things aren’t just the way we’d like them, but gosh, we know we’re supposed to be grateful. It is Thanksgiving, after all. Continue reading
I heard Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and The Tipping Point, speak a few weeks ago. He spoke about linear thinking – the idea that because we know something
No matter how high our heights, at some point the benefit of more levels off, and then, an inevitable decline brings us back down again.
is good for us, we assume that more of it must be better. The truth, he said, is far more complicated, and it’s important to understand that many things are only good for us up to a certain point. After that, what we know to be good things become, in our ignorance, bad things. Continue reading