Many of us have the notion that two minds are better than one. And ten minds are better than two. And a million minds…well, unbeatable right?
There’s a lot of truth to this “the more perspectives the better” philosophy. From our life experience, we might have found each person, and their particular perspective, can bring to light areas we are blind to.
Using the mind as CPU analogy, we might also conclude we are increasing the net processing power with each mindset we include. The more minds, the more perspectives, the more robust our insights. Common sense, right?
Thus, we try to include more and more perspectives, pooling ideas together from different sources to come up with a consensus, building up what we feel is a comprehensive picture of a given scenario or topic. We assume that it’s for the good. And yes it often is. This so-called ‘wisdom of the crowd’.
Yet, there’s a critical caveat that begs our attention. And that is this:
Many, if not most perspectives, are immature.
What’s an immature perspective? Simply put, an immature perspective is one that is reactive to other points-of-view. It cannot coexist with, let alone grow with or inform, other perspectives. It assumes a position of superiority even with limited information. It sabotages attempts to challenge it and disparages not only other points-of-view, but those who hold them.
An obstinate, immature perspective can distract or even dominate discourse, disrupting genuine unfolding. It can prevent dialog from achieving heights and can block-out the wondrous vistas that otherwise would reveal themselves through a deep, profound, mature exchange of views.
While all perspectives have a kernel of truth, such reactive perspectives perpetuate intolerance, prejudice, vitriol, and even violence. I’m sure we each have examples in our own lives, online and offline, that validate the nature of such perspectives.
So how do we do deal with immature perspectives, within ourselves and in each other? Well, that’s a long discussion we’ll save for later. But to start, let’s at least be aware of different levels of maturity in each perspective, and persevere to sift the gold from the muck in our discourse.
At Perspective Link, we have a commitment not only to include different points-of-views in our work but also distill out their maturity. If you resonate with this theme, please do exchange your views on our site or even formally join our efforts. For more information, click on the menu above on our site.
We look forward to sharing perspectives with you!