Source | LinkedIn : By Patrick Leddin
Many think that our world can be terrifying, dangerous, and at times insane.
They’re right. It can be; and, it has always been that way.
Every generation has faced its own terrifying, dangerous, and insane version of the world.
Arguably, what makes today seem worse is that this is our time. This is our experience and the media loves to fuel our fear and anger.
If something horrible happens anywhere in the world, it is immediately displayed on your smart phone and plastered across the nearest television screen.
- Your next plane flight is doomed
- You shouldn’t go to public places
- You better be ticked off at ‘those’ people
I imagine that you may be thinking…
You’re right, we do live in a world filled with fear and anger, but why would I possibly want to foster a culture of fear and anger?
I am NOT talking about the type of fear and anger the media often fuels.
Please keep in mind that I’m not talking about fear that comes from a sense of physical danger or that might cause someone to act irrationally. I’m referring to the type of fear which stems from the likelihood of something unwelcome happening. This type of fear creates a desire to avoid the unpleasant situation or elicits a drive to improve one’s performance.
Allow me to explain my thinking.
Being fearful about things and angry at times is part of the human condition.
Show me someone who claims to never be fearful or angry, and I will argue that you are pointing to a person who is burying feelings, lying to you, or in need of serious self-reflection. Worse yet, you may have identified an individual who is unable to feel, indifferent about the situation, or lacks any concern about the outcome.
Now, think about your culture?
If we define culture as what the majority of people do the majority of the time, ask yourself this question.
Do you want the majority of your people to bury feelings, lie, deny self-reflection, become indifferent, or foster a lack of concern?
Of course not.