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The Seed of Divergent Thinking

The Seed of Divergent Thinking

If you see this lofty title and you think that it's going to be yet another philosophical text or something, let me stop you right there. This article is about a few recent experiences and what I've learned from them. So, grab some popcorn, a glass of your favorite drink or beverage, and let me tell you a story. A story of how divergent thinking came to be a reality for me.

It's true what they say that no growth comes from a comfortable position. Well, I learned about this fairly recently when I found myself being quite comfy about my situation, despite the turmoil around me. Some people might view this as being stoic, but there is more to the story. I was reactive (and probably still am to some extent). I remember disconnecting from a writer I followed because of something he wrote that I found extremely discording concerning my understanding of things. Months later, I came across a couple of his articles shared by other bees and realized that this guy wasn't nearly as bad as I thought, despite what he had written. Maybe he changed his mind, or perhaps I misunderstood him, who knows? The bottom line is that I didn't let that sink me into an echo chamber, something that's often the case with all SM platforms, even free-speech ones like this one.

A similar thing happened with another writer who had what I still find to be a bizarre stance on another matter about which I'm confident. Yet, this time I had a more constructive back-and-forth and didn't break any connections, even though I considered it for a moment. Then again, it's hard to be mad at someone who hasn't provoked you. That's something you'd find on other platforms, not here. And since I've had respect for this place since the beginning, I decided to focus on other, more creative things, such as writing an article on a different topic. We can't disagree on every single topic!

The light bulb lit when I read some posts from Bill O. on a different platform I also frequent. He wrote something about the value of dissenting views. A similar message I heard from a different source today as I was watching some video stream. The content creator there, a young man walled Jordan, said something about entertaining different views before deciding what you think about a topic. Even for extreme topics, such as some worldviews that don't hold water anymore, he said that it's good to listen and give the other person the benefit of a doubt.

Maybe the way I've been viewing this platform (and other ones too) so far was quite limited. Perhaps it's not so important to find kindred spirits, but also dissenting voices, diverging views to explore. Otherwise, I might as well go back to the echo chamber of conventional SM platforms. Since I'm not prepared to do that for the long-term, I'd rather expand my use of this platform and let it be a seed of divergent thinking. Cheers.


I was forced to stretch my thinking, to realize that sincere and honest people could believe in very divergent religious doctrines.

Carl Rogers


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Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

8 mesi fa #16

Jim Murray The "spectrum of opinion" is merely human-opinion: finite & flawed there are 7.8 billion people on the planet .. each has a human-opinion .. finding one's "own truth" .. does NOT mean finding TRUTH There is only "One Truth" CHAOS & darkness grows because people have lost sight of the Source & Standard of Truth

Jim Murray

Jim Murray

8 mesi fa #15

In college I took a course called Historiography, which was basically the study of historians and the various biases that shaped the way they wrote about a certain event. What I learned is that the more different points of view you expose yourself to the more you will be able to see that the objective truth is somewhere around the centrix of these opinions. You don't have to disconnect from people who diverge from your point of view. Just read what they have to say and put it out there on the spectrum of opinion and use them to fimnd your own truth.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Thank you for the share, Fay Vietmeier. I appreciate it! Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, for me divergent thinking is the opposite of groupthink. It's also the seed of creative thinking. Yes, it is linked to leadership as, IMO, a good leader is also one who can embrace different views. Cheers!

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

I wonder just what divergent thinking is? You've got me thinking. Is it what everybody else thinks? Groupthink? Opinions outside the 'norm' are not only squandered--they are discouraged. A few years ago I met a man professing to be the inventor of email. When I didn't agree with him, he seemed to attribute it to the fact I have frontal appendages. Those damned things get in the way in more than one way. I wrote the following in protest. Todd Jones thought it was hilarious, and I have to admit, I didn't see the funny until he guffawed. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@joyce-bowen/dichotomous-thinking-a-human-condition There was one thing he said I carry with me today. "Everybody needs to be a leader" [even if he didn't believe it himself.] Now that's divergent thinking.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

8 mesi fa #12

#14
John Rylance Good point you make John .. sometimes people just need a good "rant" When I see a post that light a fire under the hive of the bee called "me" .. I usually ponder for several days before responding. This occurred a coupe days ago .. and now I'm going to respond I consider myself an unusual person .. in that I actually read an entire post .. even if I COMPLETELY disagree Hoping to find some "pearl" of understanding .. about the person writing .. if not the topic Sometimes there is nothing .. just words When the purpose for writing seems bent only on attacking .. judging & condemning I find that wrong-minded even hateful I will write a response but it is unlikely to be read with equal consideration (at least that has been my experience - almost without exception)

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

8 mesi fa #11

Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris Also shared on LI https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6759595519665942528/

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

8 mesi fa #10

We humans love "comfort" .. resist change & seem to prefer "kindred spirits" We sincerely believe many things - but "sincerity is not a test of truth" When we DISAGEREE the important thing is to not be DISAGREEABLE I've said elsewhere: Show me a person who does not have: biases & prejudices or preconceived notions .. and I'll show you a dead person. The important thing is to QUESTION how we got them - and what INFLUENCE they hold over us "The human mind hates walking backwards. If ground has already been covered, sealed and chosen why look back at the thought? But if we are to look at how our biases shape our success it will involve walking backwards." Harvey Lloyd It has been said: β€œPain is the only instrument sharp enough to cause CHANGE.” Change is everywhere .. in everything. In processes .. in people. What was so yesterday .. may be different today. Awareness requires continuously looking at how our biases shape our thinking. This involves looking backwards .. looking inward: to examine our biases .. to helps us reorder - or reverse our thinking. How often do people hold on to BIAS & preconceived notions .. to their detriment or even their peril. A caveat: The object in our LIFE journey is to find & hold on to what IS valuable ... if you find Truth ... if you find Wisdom ... if you find Peace Then you are blessed. DO NOT lay down or let go of what is truly VALUABLE In truth we all suffer from "full-cup syndrome" .. it is a matter of degree. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/are-you-suffering-from-full-cup-syndrome

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

8 mesi fa #9

Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris I shared your thought-full post 3 ways - my comments show in the shares

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

8 mesi fa #8

"No growth comes from a comfortable position" ~ Zacharias Voulgaris Pain is the only instrument sharp enough to cause pain. We humans love or "comfort" .. and seem to prefer "kindred spirits" We sincerely believe many things - but "sincerity is not a test of truth" When we DISAGEREE the important thing is to not be DISAGREEABLE Show me a person who does not have: biases & prejudices or preconceived notions .. and I'll show you a dead person. The important thing is to QUESTIION how we got them - and what INFLUENCE they hold over us "The human mind hates walking backwards. If ground has already been covered, sealed and chosen why look back at the thought? But if we are to look at how our biases shape our success it will involve walking backwards." Harvey Lloyd Change is everywhere .. in everything. In processes .. in people. What was so yesterday .. may be different today. Awareness requires looking at how our biases shape our thinking. This will involve looking backwards to examine our biases .. to helps us restructure - or reverse our thinking. How often do people hold on to BIAS & preconceived notions .. to their detriment or even their peril? Caveat: The object in our LIFE journey is finding and then holding on to what IS valuable ... if you find Truth ... if you find Wisdom ... if you find Peace Then you are blessed. DO NOT lay them down or let them go. In truth we all suffer from "full-cup syndrome" .. it is a matter of degree. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/are-you-suffering-from-full-cup-syndrome

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

#8
Disagreeing with someone on something is all the more reason to keep connected with them. I do that all the time, especially on other social media. I've only unfollowed someone once, but I started following him again recently.

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

8 mesi fa #6

I'm glad that you also stretched your thinking, Zacharias. :) Being responsive instead of reactive is a necessity on social media. I was writing about that in my previous post about disagreement. I experienced a few times that even a polite disagreement can ruin a fragile online friendship when a person is not able to handle the conversation that respects diversity. We don't have the same opinions about many things, but it doesn't mean we can't civilly discuss the disagreement. When someone believes that Earth is flat or believes in the six-day creation, I still want to know how he or she came to that conclusion and what arguments support such beliefs. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, even wrong and misguided one. I'm glad that you didn't unfollow me. :-)

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

8 mesi fa #5

I'm glad that you also stretch your thinking, Zacharias. :) Being responsive instead of reactive is a necessity on social media. I was writing about that in my previous post about disagreement. I experienced a few times that even a polite disagreement can ruin a fragile online friendship when a person is not able to handle the conversation that respects diversity. We don't have the same opinions about many things, but it doesn't mean we can't civilly discuss the disagreement. When someone believes that Earth is flat or believes in the six-day creation, I still want to know how he or she came to that conclusion and what arguments support such beliefs. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, even wrong and misguided one. I'm glad that you didn't unfollow me. :-)

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

8 mesi fa #4

Jordan has a way of doing that when he uncovers things. If we are in fact listening to the same. Great thoughts.

Greg Rolfe

Greg Rolfe

8 mesi fa #3

Thank you Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris I truly needed to read this today. Very nicely worded as well.

John Rylance

John Rylance

8 mesi fa #2

This interesting piece put me in mind of Francis Urquhart's "catchphrase" in House of cards" Namely, "you may think that I coudnt possibly comment." I ofren think this when reading posts, sometimes I do comment, sometimes I dont. I think I make a value judgement as to whether or not to put finger to keyboard. How i decide Im not sure. One possibility is having perused the diatribe, I just feel well theve got that out of their system, i hope they feel better for the rant. Then dont comment in case it stirs the hornets nest, or is ignored which they often appear to be. Perhaps i just dont likemy views being ignored. Keep Safe.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

8 mesi fa #1

It takes guts to acknowledge that, world is not perfect and neither are we.

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