Principle 04: Think With Your Head, But Lead With Your Heart

When you find yourself in a hole, the first step is to quit digging. Once your head helps you realize the futility of your circumstance, and helps you identify “those” providing, selling, and financing the shovel, then your heart takes over. The way to move forward is to infuse kindness and compassion into our dealings with others. We need to let go of the ego and make our world more about others. When we recognize the humanity in your fellow human beings and act accordingly, then we change the environment. If we change the way we think about things, the things we think about change.

But changing our hearts and minds toward each other is not the only issue we confront. The world is on the brink of being able to challenge what it means to be a human. Science is developing technology that can be used for great good, but great evil as well. Manipulation of genetics and the incorporation of increasingly invasive technology, into our environment and literally into our bodies, is not a distant threat, but a present reality. Serious people are warning of the threat posed to humanity if machines become self-aware.

Less chilling, but equally impactful, is the reality that work, as we have known it, is changing dramatically. As robots take over tasks and eliminate work, how do we redefine our purpose? Are we just economic units to be shelved when we no longer serve a practical purpose as workers and consumers?

Our central task as humans is to ask who we are, why we are here, and what is our purpose. These most important questions are answered by each of us in the context of a thousand other influences. But true meaning can’t be dictated. It must flow from your heart. Your mind, can and must, help you determine how to overcome the obstacles in the pathway to answering these questions. But only the heart can provide the navigation, the touchstone, the worthy direction, for your journey to insight. The mind may help you determine truth, but your heart (LOVE), is the only force that can give meaning to that truth. Without the heart, knowledge is fire in the hands of a child.

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