Thursday, August 22, 2013

Legacy Thinking...

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you think that the Great Wall of China can be seen from space, because that's what someone once told you?
  • Do you vote for a particular party because that's what your parents did?
  • Do you think that the seasons come from the Earth's elliptical orbit because that's what they taught you in school?
  • Do you buy brands now because they fit with your idea of self as you were 10 years ago?
  • Do you define a relationship as only face to face?
  • Do you baulk at trying something new because "You know what you like"?

We're all guilty of legacy thinking and viewing the present through lenses from the past.  We do it because it's safe and familiar.  

Often when we challenge ourselves or others to look at something in a different way we sometimes hit resistance or fear because, fundamentally, we're asking people to get uncomfortable with their understanding of the world, and in some cases, we're basically telling them they're wrong and don't know anything.  This is where conflict starts, as it can be tantamount to calling them idiots for not seeing things as they are.

Now look at the conflicts going on around you:  
  • You've got people in the middle east and communist countries that after a lifetime of being told certain "truths", now have the Internet and can look up what you and I can lookup, meanwhile their leaders are still trying to tell them the old information.  
  • Younger generations have always said that the older generations don't understand them.
  • You've got the Bible Belt in the USA totally discombobulated by gay marriage.
  • Industrial age businesses are turning large areas of cities into "rust belt" areas and politicians are "stimulating" these dinosaurs instead of asking what replaced them and training people to do that instead?
  • Legacy thinking is a big part of our lives… that much is for sure.  Whether it's in our best interests, though, is another matter entirely.