Adopt a Different Perspective

One of the biggest challenges confronting the Synthesis Revolution is the fact that America is becoming more polarized in many areas of society: politically, socially, economically, and even geographically and demographically. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, political polarization, a major obstacle to productive reconciliation, has nearly doubled in the past 25 years. As this process continues, it will become even more difficult to find practical ways to have a productive dialogue.

If we look at the concept of differing perspectives through a longer historical lens, we realize that from the beginning of Western thought there have always been different ways to think about and analyze the world. This has not changed in over 2500 years, and is unlikely to do so any time soon.

Further, we recognize that all of the naturally occurring perspectives offer useful observations and contributions to the overall debate, as well as errors based on initial assumptions and predetermined conclusions. The key to turning a potentially destructive aspect of our political dynamic into a useful and productive one is to develop the ability to take what is good and useful from both sides and combine that to produce more comprehensive and durable solutions than our current political and economic debate can even imagine. As Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Even though this wisdom is self-evident, we continue to have the same old stale, meaningless debates year after year.

The purpose of this portion is to match up people with very different perspectives, so that they will be able to understand just how valuable it is to challenge their own thinking from a completely new angle. And as individuals do that, with an objective approach, they will realize just how narrow and one-dimensional their previous thinking actually was.

After all, an ideological worldview inevitably leads to one of two destinations; one is extremism, the other is contradiction. It’s time to get off the merry-go-round of gridlock and polarization and explore our true potential to solve problems, promote prosperity and engage in perpetual improvement.

Coming soon… you will be able to sign up to “Adopt a different perspective” and receive the informational guide on “How to have a productive conversation with someone of a different perspective.”