The Important Thing is not to Stop Questioning
- November 27, 2016
- Posted by: Reena Saxena
- Category: Behavior Management
So said Albert Einstein, and here is some more wisdom that I can propagate.
Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen, and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes — you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It’s the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same, and history is full of people whose influence was most powerful after they were gone.
Loyalty is an alignment with another, and its virtues have been extolled as the glue that holds together organizations and relationships. Unquestioning loyalty is another matter. The glue that holds it is a hope of being the future benefactor of privileges and a partner in the spoils, or a fear of repercussions. The room to act is subject to terms and conditions.
Timothy Keiningham and Lerzan Aksoy, in their book “Why Loyalty Matters’ have listed the 10 components that build the loyalty mindset:
I can carry people with me.
They will take care of me.
I know what it is like, to be in their shoes.
One needs a network to survive.
Standing by them will help me gain ……
I am a social animal, and need clusters to live in.
This alignment protects me from being a slave to another.
There is safety in continuity and consistency.
9. Emotion-focused coping
I will share.
10. Problem-based coping
I will analyse with logic and reason.
I presume that Hope precedes these 10, and Action follows, as both do not figure in the list. Nor do Analysis and Discretion, but I desperately hope, that they lie behind each of the ten mind-sets. The beauty of having a perspective, is that like the ten blind men, one never sees the whole elephant in the room.
My pet biases:
- Only the first and last make sense, as they encompass the meaning of informed Action.
- The first depends on the last, as leadership builds Hope by using Informed Choice.
SOCIAL (MEDIA) RESPONSIBILITY
The absence of education hinders the process of making a choice based on logic, though everybody has a rationale for doing something. Television content is an influencer, but we have practically no control on that. Switching of channels might be the only choice that an individual can exercise. Social media content is more of an influencer, as the messenger is someone you know and can connect with. Shareability on multiple platforms multiplies your power to influence. Of course, there are the opposing and competing voices. You slog to find and circulate content to prove your point, and exponentially increase the noise.
If your loyalty and alignment are based on assured potential gains, I wish you all the best. The onus of self-defence is on the recipient. However, if that is not the case, think before you post or push. When we blindly forward an unverified post, or endorse messages with an emoticon, we contribute to creating a belief. Belief turns into loyalty and action, which may not be based on verifiable facts. Do we really need to take an obstinate stance, alienate people we have known for ages and divide our social groups into camps, for returns that are not assured?
Why not refuse to manipulate or be manipulated?
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
– Daniel J. Boorstin