September 24, 2013

Knock it off!!!

“You cannot fix what you don’t understand”

I am right - 100PedalsThere are a lot of opinions, thoughts, ideas, and answers tossed around about solving any one of the many problems in our society.  Economic issues, international crisis, political gamesmanship make up of a few of these active problems.  The irony in these challenges are that far too many people act as though the answer to a very complex problem is simple — “all they need to do is…

If all “they” needed to do was as simple as that, it would have been done.  The problem is that these simple answers exist in the realm of a single perspective dimension — “as I see it, the answer is simple.

Thank goodness you are the only one who sees simplicity in the problem. Lucky for you, the other 300 million people that exist in this country have no valid or credible perspective, intellect, knowledge, insight, thought, opinion or point of view on the subject.  It is fortunate for us that because of what you believe, how you were raised, where you grew up, what you stand for, and where you studied you are officially much more qualified to express the correct opinion than everyone else.

Thank goodness for you.  I was just starting to believe there was no hope and we were lost as a country until you showed up with all the right answers and just in the nick of time. Whew!

Reality check!  You are not automatically correct just because.  You are not the only one with a right to a perspective or opinion. And, your opinion only counts once — it is not weighted, of greater significance or value, and is not any more correct than the opinion of any other human being!  There is no such thing as a simple answer to a complex issue.  

Take a break from your judgement filled, fear driven, ego based thought process.  Completely erase all prejudice, fear, and predisposed biases and take time to learn, understand, and examine the problem — ANY PROBLEM — from all perspectives, all viewpoints, and all potential solutions.  Once your research is complete, from that same state of mind, share with me your very basic, simple, and easy plan for solving some of the world’s most complex problems.  I bet your perspective will change and the answer will not be quite as clear or simple as you originally believed.

While you are at it, please take a break from calling any of our political leaders names or posting degrading commentary about them.  Treat them with respect and dignity.  Regardless how you view the way they represent their position, it is considered appropriate to treat the position, hence the person in it, with the proper respect and dignity.

There is far too much hate, judgement, fear, anger, disrespect, and ignorance in our world already.  If you are interested in solving the world’s problems — and you must be interested since you are constantly expressing your opinion about what “should” be done — rise above the noise of the masses and be a thought leader.  Be the person that takes the lead in exploring and collaborating to find the answer — that alone would create incredible change!

 

 

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.