This is my response to Ruth’s reflection post.
I like your reflection, full of emotions, revealing the other side of “critical thinking” – the empathy that are equally important to thrive in this era of education and business. I resonate with your feeling: “However I don’t feel very empowered when I am engaged with someone who practices Glasser’s powers of reasoning. The only place I can go with gut feelings is into more feeling and that doesn’t sway another’s mind to empathy. I wonder if minds like to meet minds, emotions like to meet emotions and bodies, other bodies?”
When I learnt about logic, reasoning etc. in my Logic in Maths, in college and University, I didn’t see how it could be reasoned in real life, may be it was too “simplistic”. Even now, I understand that individual’s logic would often have to give way to the collective wisdom (the team approach) – as we continue to focus more on the vision, mission and use of “objective evidence” which are held as the golden “rules” of institutions.
Leadership, or management are on the other hand, still filled with emotions rather than logic, mainly because that leadership is more about relations, intuition, and not just logical deductions. We all talk about being ambassadors of our institutions, and promoting and projecting a positive image to the community, to the global audience. Why? Is it an emotional response to our call of “local” and “global” citizenship? What sort of evidence would we need to prove ourselves to be a good citizen? Is it critical thinking? Or is it a result of emotional intelligence?
This trend of emphasising emotions over reason is especially the case when “scientific management” once promoted by Frederick Taylor was once sentenced to be inhumanistic, and are further reflected on the current economic crisis and the recent “meltdown” due mainly to illogical and irrational decision, with greed spreading throughout those businesses. So, what does it mean when we think with logic, evidence and good reasons individually? Are our individual values in line with our aspirations, our community or our “world”?