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Echo on Maps

The map is not the territory. Alfred Korzybski

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Maps (Stories)

Quick Look It is so hard to see that a cherished concept is an inaccurate depiction of reality. It has such power! It’s so convincing! It’s gotta be true! All my friends agree that it’s accurate! [All racism stems from … Continue reading

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Diversity

Quick Look How many people must we see every day, twenty? (If you include media, thousands?) Since most of them have two eyes and two legs, I secretly hope they are, somehow, mostly like me and that I’m mostly like them. … Continue reading

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Practice Diversity

Notice a moment when you’re agitated that someone else is acting . . . different. (You won’t have to look far.  Often, you may notice an accompanying thought that goes something like, “They should . . . .” Or, you may … Continue reading

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Echoes on Diversity

There never were, in the world, two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains: the most universal quality is diversity. Montaigne Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity. Sigmund Freud If an aborigine were to draft an … Continue reading

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Practicing Listening (102)

Hear what people are feeling, even if that means you must set aside your analytical framework to enter their bafflement. Listen “between the lines.” Focus, not on their words, but on their sorrows, hopes, loss, confusion; set aside the lyrics … Continue reading

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Echo on Listening (102)

Don’t focus on the lyrics: focus on the music. Robert Wicks Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times

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Echo on Fundamentalism

Mankind has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven. Mark Twain The Wit and Wisdom The key question is: How do we interpret the book? In the … Continue reading

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Practice Re-Mapping

The next time one of your most cherished notions is challenged (they’re easy to spot: they’re squawking behind every door labeled “Upset”), try this experiment. Consider whether the notion might be fallible. Take a closer look at reality (on the … Continue reading

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