opposable mind

October 12, 2012 Redux in 2016

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Oct. 12 ~ An opportunity of civility: opposing ideas working together can result in creative new options. #civility 

Only when we recognize that both sides of an issue or argument will have some merit, some usable contribution, some wisdom and some worth, can we bring together all our variety of thoughts and experiences to create imaginative, new options.

The polarization of incivility simply divides us into camps devoted to the destruction and dominance of the other side, often in ways that block our own ability to be reflective or to adapt when needed. But if we can ever set aside some of the barriers that we build to “win” we just might be able to replace them with bridges that bring us together in amazing new ways.

Here’s some great work written on the creativity that holds opposing ideas in a constructive tension… The Opposable Mind by Roger Martin. It’s a great book that I highly recommend!