Missing the Elephant

This article, Point: Observations Regarding a Missing Elephant,
by Donald N. Michael, summarizes six “ignorance-maintaining conditions” and eight suggested strategies for addressing the seeming immensity of “ignorance” in our age.
Ignorance-maintaining conditions (according to Michael):
1. too much AND too little information
2. no shared set of value priorities
3. the dilemma of context
4. the linearity of language
5. absence of reliable boundaries
6. what he calls “the shadow residing in each human; our mostly unconscious instincts motives and conflicts, our extra-rational responses.”
Michael starts his list of remedies with the observation that humans are “seekers of meaning.” I like this in particular as one of the points-of-leverage in identifying and attempting to work with and learn from problematic moments.

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