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The Danger of Immature Perspectives

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!

Ranjeeth Thunga
rkt@perspectivelink.org
Perspective Analyst
PerspectiveLink.org

Attacking Other Views

When it comes to our cultural norms, our beliefs, and our worldviews, every human being brings to the table a different point-of-view.

If that was it, that would be most wonderful. We would be constantly learning, growing and keeping each other in check by sharing our varied experiences.

However, the curse on our planet is that our perspectives are not able to co-exist. We shield our perspectives from outside challenge as well as attack perspectives that contradict how we see things.

So we grit our teeth, unsheathe our sword and march into glorious battle to defend what we know to be right against the onslaught of ignorant masses who haven’t seen the light. And we seek to decapitate their foolishness head-on.

The battle is not just metaphorical but physical. We don’t hesitate to main, murder, and even bomb those who seem to have a distinctly different (i.e. wrong) worldview. Whether directed at them or simply letting them get affected as collateral, we have put them into the category of other and think no further of them as human beings but scourge on this planet.

Yet, if we ever gave true pause, and take a full breath to reflect, it might dawn on us that our own perspective — whatever code, belief, lifestyle or understanding we bring to the table — is itself on shaky ground. This realization might come when we discover that we ourselves have the very same impulses of those whose views we are fighting against.

We might have a slight flavor distinct, a nuance different, that gives us the excuse and reproach so we can continue to point our finger of condemnation squarely at the other. And we continue to find temporary solace in this us vs. them deathmatch. Until it yet again dawns on us that even this distinction is paper-thin.

For while the form of expression different, the impulse within us is the same as those we point at. Their fear is our fear. Their hatred is our hatred. Their ignorance is our ignorance. In fact, we might find it is impossible to react to another unless we have the same seed in us. It really does takes one to know one, as the saying goes. We might even start to find this as a fundamental law of nature.

With continued self-reflection, and continued realization, we might find in fact that the nature of all perspectives is that they are partial reflections. For perspectives, by their very definition, can only at best only express a relative truth in a particular context. That’s as far as they go.

With such a realization dawns on us, we might shift gears. We might turn to a process of letting go our perspective. And as shift from attacking other views towards continuously renouncing what we think we know, new perspectives start dawning on us. An increasing deluge of new perspectives might start flooding into our mind.  These perspectives are invariably more mature, broader, and richer than those we’ve let go of –so long as we maintain our center of gravity (a different topic for another writeup).

The purpose of this project, Perspective Link, is to provide all of us a platform to help let go our perspective and continuously uncover a broader, more mature perspective. If you’d like to participate, formally or informally, please do so from the menu above. We look forward to it!

Ranjeeth Thunga
Perspective Analyst
rkt@perspectivelink.org

 

 

Universality of Desire

One of the big distinctions of Perspective Link from the tenets of our previous project Perspective Mapper is that the line separating our perspective from other perspectives is much less stark. It’s still there, but it is much less pronounced.

At the end of the day, we are all far more similar than different. And at the end of the day, we all have the capacity to empathize with the feelings of others far more than we realize.

As humans, we seek love. We appreciate humour. We dislike being insulted or hurt. We recognize goodness. We value being recognized and respected.

Some of us are blocked. Some of us are in denial. Some of us are more expressive.

On the other hand, some of us are certainly more mature. And some of us might be transcendent (i.e. not dependent on them).

However, the same seed of desire lives within all of us. It is universal. And this realization is the basis through which conflict can be transcended, starting from our own appreciation of this.

Ranjeeth Thunga
rkt@interposting.com
Perspective Analyst

 

MIT Solve-A-Thon “Brain Health” Challenge

On July 21st 2017 at Solve-A-Thon (sponsored by MIT and held at T-Hub with IdeaLabs), we formed spontaneous teams to uncover solutions to pressing challenges our planet currently faces. We formed a team around the challenge of “Brain Health”.

Our team consisted of insightful and sincere minds Vivek Kiran Ballakur, Rahul Raj, Ujwala Nune, Manjusha Phadke, and Hari Sandeep Reddy.

We together developed a proposal to provide a develop a chat-interface to allow us to connect with other perspectives, human and AI/ML, to help us overcome our inner challenges.

We completed our proposal last night, which you can see at MIT’s Solve website. Yes, we have a bit unweildy name “Diverse Approaches to Mind and Inner Well-Being”…but I wanted us to stick with the name we used during our pitch at T-Hub to avoid confusion.

We’ve agreed to have this project as a module within Perspective Link, and as an open-source, community driven platform focused on transparency. All the team members for this proposal have joined the Perspective Link team of active contributors.

We can hopefully build some good stuff together.

Ranjeeth Thunga
Perspective Analyst,
PerspectiveLink.org

Dalai Lama’s Message to India

This is an article I wrote a few months ago during the Dalai Lama’s visit to Hyderabad. I feel these points are apropos as we get Perspective Link underway. I’ll post it here, with a few updates.


I got the privilege to attend Dalai Lama’s talk early 2017. During the talk, he announced a new upcoming Ethics and Transformative Values Center in Hyderabad as well as met with the state’s IT Minister, COO of T-Hub, and other dignitaries in Telangana.

There were many points he emphasized which reaffirmed many of my own guiding principles, and what I feel each of us will resonate with.

His top five reminders are below:

  • What’s needed for the coming generation: Leaders of tomorrow will have to be knowledgeable not just in worldly matters, but will have to navigate arenas such as philosophy, mind, meditation, and means for social harmony. This will be of utmost importance as the challenges of the world become more and more dire…and external solutions alone simply hit a wall.

 

  • Startup Lifestyle Fetish may be self-destructive: Long hours, sleepless nights, extreme emphasis on productivity, and eyes glued to the screen might be not just be aging us, but detracting from our overall impact…if we look at things from the long-term or lifetime perspective.

Rest and reflection are not laziness, though we assume so. Our deeper Self might be calling for significant rest and massive self-reflection to come to a clear picture. Self-inquiry often requires perseverance not in terms of a few days or weeks…but years, decades or lifetimes, which just as a flower blooming, is impossible to rush or force.

NOTE: I’m not proclaiming a contemplative lifestyle is necessarily better than one focused on short-term achievements. However, it’s important for all of us to periodically reflect on our lifestyle so we can make determined choices on what’s best for us…and others.

 

  • Learn from different views: It’s healthy to have differences with others. Because, at the end of the day, we as human beings are going through a life journey far more similar than different anyway. Where we have differences is where have an opportunity to learn how to be our better self and discover blind-spots in our perspective.

 

  • Stop aping the West: For India to finally escape impulsive, compulsive aping of the West’s approach, it needs to look beyond its current value-add.

For India to establish its deserved place in the world won’t come by developing even more low-cost products or services. Nor will it come from simply building more effective business processes.

Rather, the Dalai Lama reminds us it will come by embracing the rich, profound traditions of self-inquiry and dialog among different philosophical points-of-view. India’s cultural tradition provides fertile grounds for such inquiry like no other country in the world. It’s our responsibility to embed this mindset into the way we live and work. This should be India’s beacon.

 

  • We’re in this together: It’s not about the celebrity or stature of the Dalai Lama.  It’s about humility as his message. Rather than extol his notable traits, let’s keep in mind he is very much like us. He’s a student, like all of us. He’s a human, like all of us. He has challenges, like all of us. He seeks happiness, like all of us. He continues to learn and mature, like all of us.

The Dalai Lama didn’t come to Hyderabad to give us a new avatar to worship. He came to remind us to not look to him but to our own value in co-creating a better world…and a happier self.

 

Ranjeeth Thunga
Perspective Analyst,
PerspectiveLink.org

 

 

 

 

What’s Really Needed

There are many fundamental dilemmas we currently face, including:

  • How to resolve human conflict at the core?
  • How to integrate incompatible worldviews?
  • How to see past the limitations of our perceptions?

These are not resolved questions in our world. No where near are we.

And they aren’t easy.

We as of now have, by-and-large, cast them aside and are pretending they don’t exist. Or on the flipside, we might start going mad. But…these questions need to be addressed…with maturity…soon.

Our comforts, relationships, and worldly aspirations give us pleasure and some sense of meaning.. but they also veil the reality of what we actually are facing.

How long can we survive in this fragmented, precarious world on the brink of self-destruction? What will it take to resolve these challenges?

Paraphrasing Einstein, no problem can be resolved from the same perspective it originated. A true resolution invariably requires a higher perspective.

So, tackling these issues is not just about hard or passionated work. Nor is it just about forming a highly lucrative business entity. Nor is it from the viral spread of a social media meme.

I do believe these issues require tremendous space for self-reflection, meditation, and consideration of contrasting points-of-view to allow a very high-level picture to gel in our consciousness.

So it’s not simply about engaging in this type of work, but cultivating this type of mindset.

While the answers don’t yet exist, I feel we intuitively have a sense of what might be needed to get there.

These are some of the issues we’re exploring in this project. If this process strikes a chord in you, please click on the link at the top (Contacts -> Participate). We’d love to have you join.

Ranjeeth Thunga
Perspective Analyst

 

Announcing Perspective Link

We’re Live

Coinciding with the Social^2 meetup held at T-Hub, we’re announcing Perspective Link is live.

This is a very soft launch. No fanfare. We’ve posted just enough content to show what we’re about. But we feel we are ready to engage with others and organize teams in a decisive way.

Upgrading Perspective Mapper

Perspective Link (along with Internal Depth) is a descendent of Perspective Mapper, which established the core tenets for this work. These include the importance of owning our perspective and respecting differing points-of-view.

These tenets remain important. However, we’ve upgraded our vision. We are now focused on the common Truth between us. More than just knowing our perspective, we are interested in transcending and transforming our perspective.

This project is not a typical commercial business. And, it is decidedly spiritual in nature.  But that said, this work should resonate with diverse worldviews and beliefs.

Personal Maturity

In addition to the vision evolving, I myself have matured over the past few months..and continue to mature each day. I am better in touch with my own desires, lifestyle, capacity, challenges, and most importantly, connection to humanity and to Spirit.

Simply Doing Our Best

Though our vision is ambitious, I won’t make grandiose projections on what will or won’t accomplish. Too many times such timelines don’t work, especially with projects such as this that are fairly cutting-edge and highly dependent on self-reflection.

So we’ll keep it simple and simply say we’ll continue to do the very best job we can and keep learning how to do it better…and that’s it…with the goodwill of all of you and grace from the Divine.

That said, this type of work is, without question, of very high value to all of us. We do welcome your support for this work.

Look forward to working together!

Ranjeeth Thunga
Founder & Perspective Analyst
Perspective Link / Internal Depth

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Acknowledgements

I want to acknowledge Arushi Bhatia, Asst. Perspective Analyst, who shared a ton of high-quality research, insight and perspective over the last several months. This work will help form the building blocks of the site.

Also, Srinivas Kolluri of SkillMapped for providing deep technical and conceptual guidance for this work and how it can evolve.

And, Michael Hoeft of Learnhall, whose continuous inspiration and support for the importance of this work has helped keep my flame alive throughout.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the hundreds of people I’ve had enriching dialog with over the past few months, and past few years, helping hone the framework and vision of this work.