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Bill Nye, Science Guy, Dispels Poverty Myths
BELIEFS: They Choose Me and I Choose Them by Dr.Bill DeMarco
Beliefs are one of three segments of the Values element of my Culture Model. Beliefs, along with Needs and Attitudes, taken separately and in their interaction, make up our unique Values proposition. Beliefs are ideas viewed as being true by most members of a society. This applies to personal, societal, and organizational cultures alike.
Our Beliefs come from two sources. In some inexplicable way, they are partly given to us by everything and everyone that came before us and partly developed through our life experiences. In this sense, they both choose us and we choose them. Our core or fundamental beliefs are the inexplicable kind. Our life experiences commingle with our core beliefs throughout our lives constantly calling out for reappraisal/ revalidation/ (re)commitment.
At a fundamental level, we are in search of truths about the meaning of life, love, and happiness. It is what Jefferson described in the U.S. Declaration of Independence as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Since our beliefs represent our understanding of the meaning of truth in important aspects of our lives, they are most often refined but rarely significantly changed.
From a cultural standpoint, the important thing to remember is that Beliefs are ideas viewed by individuals/most members of a society as being true. While constantly subject to reappraisal/revalidation/(re)commitment, Beliefs frequently act as cultural hot spots when challenged. To a large extent, this explains the reason for the personal and societal conflict between traditional religious and secular beliefs, both belief systems capable of profoundest impact. The former calls for personal sacrifice in support of a higher calling. The latter debunks sacrifice and supports a notion of personal gratification here and now.
This plays itself out in the business world as well. A business world corollary has always been the company-specific belief system informally described as “how things are done around here”. It defines what is important, what it takes to get ahead, what it takes to continue to be employed. For many employees today, personal core beliefs about the meaning of life and happiness are being challenged, leading to what I call cultural decision-making “moments of truth”.
Two metaphors at polar opposites of the Belief spectrum:
1. Supremacy of Scientific Knowledge!
Image number one is a metaphor for a belief system that says that there is truth only in scientific knowledge. It likely supports a bottom-line first business culture.
2. Supremacy of a Supreme Being!
Image number two is a metaphor for a belief system that says there is a Supreme Being, the Creator of all things and the source of all truth. It likely supports a people-first business culture.
Some Contemporary Philosophical/Religious/Business Belief Systems & Movements
Anarchism Atheism Baha’i Behaviourism Buddhism Capitalism
Christianity Communism Confucianism Creationism Environmentalism
Evolution Feminism Free Enterprise Free Will Globalism God(s)
Hinduism Human intellect Humanism Human Sexuality Islam Jainism
Judaism Nationalism Native Spirituality Paganism Personal Gratification
Personal Sacrifice Positivism Relativism Right to Choose Right to Life
Roman Catholicism Secularism Sikhism Supreme Being Socialism
Taoism Theory E Theory O Unitarianism Wiccanism Zoroastrianism
No matter what, Beliefs are all about our lifetime search for what is true. This applies to both personal and group cultures. In the case of a group culture, it is what the majority of people within the group hold to be true.
The Gift of Adversity: Norman Rosenthal
A highly cited researcher, he has written over 200 scholarly articles, and authored or co-authored eight popular books. These include Winter Blues, the New York Times bestseller Transcendence, and The Gift of Adversity. Listed as one of the Best Doctors in America, he has practiced psychiatry for over three decades, and has coached people from all walks of life — such as corporate leaders, athletes and actors.
Rosenthal has conducted numerous clinical trials of medications and alternative treatments, such as Transcendental Meditation, for psychiatric disorders. He and his work have been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NPR and other national media.
The Most Dangerous Four-Letter Word: Dick Simon
Dick Simon is a serial entrepreneur, passionate photographer and has spent the past twelve years traveling throughout conflict regions of the world, including North Korea, Iran, Syria, Israel/Palestine, Cuba and others, learning about and combating the most dangerous four-letter word in the English language, THEM.
Possibilities—Life’s Invisible Feast: Sarah Susanka
Architect Sarah Susanka asks us to re:THINK life’s possibilities — and in doing so, opens us up to a potential feast In every moment.
We are often encouraged to follow our passion…our heart. But sometimes either that passion isn’t clear, or the path toward it is obscured. Susanka reassures us that by simply being present to your bliss — in every possible moment — you’re more likely to encounter that singular passion in your life. Just be present and completely engaged in whatever you’re doing, and the banquet will unfold. A key is to look beyond the “filters” that we’ve all become accustomed to and accepting of.
Here she teaches us that beyond those filters lie powerful life lessons in simple moments — if we are present to them. And if we are, “Life becomes a playground for your own growth.”
‘The Ripple Effect’ presented by Dr. Kevin Snyder