Transparency

transparency

When we know what's going on we can change it.

 

Knowledge

knowledge

The more we know, the better ideas we have.

 

Rationality

rationality

The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.

 

Compromise

compromise

We all live together and and depend on each other.

 

When anything grabs the brain's attention, it immediately searches its files and presents thoughts and reactions to the stimulus, whether it is a person, headline, a sound or even an idea. These immediate thoughts and reactions are by definition based on incomplete information and emotion. Though this applies to all animal brains, the advantage that humans have is they have a more advanced ability to hold those initial reactions in check while they gather more information and cool down the emotions - they can become rational. This is not always easy, especially if these rudimentary reactions are reinforced by repetition and social groups. Awareness of this universal primordial attribute and practice in overcoming it can make rationality more the norm.

Given our evolution so far, it is still normal to feel bias, seethe with emotion and take preliminary positions without much support. Open-mindedness,  additional information and a cooling down of emotions allows one to become rational and productive, while remaining under the control of the primordial portion of the brain is destructive to yourself and others.

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” ― George Eliot

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” ― Frank Zappa

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