Some universally life altering. Like thinking the world is flat vs. orbiting Saturn. Or rubbing two sticks together vs. lighting up the world with the flick of a billion fingers. Or thinking age 35 is a life well-lived vs. beating polio, pneumonia and cancer on the way to celebrating the century mark.
The Gray Area includes people who think about making the world better, even one small thought at time. They often aren’t as loud. They’ve left the comfort zone of their own experiences, of pre-conceived beliefs and assumptions, and are exploring the infinite space not just on the horizontal linear plane between the end points, but utilizing the latitude upward, downward, diagonally and outward.
The Gray Area values different perspectives, experiences, preferences and beliefs. It leaves behind the lack of imagination, nuance and compromise at the end points. No need to bend the knee to one side or the other, or be left out.
It underscores the value of considering multiple perspectives and experiences, even if they are not our own to inspire more dialogue that leads to understanding points of view other than our own. Sharing thoughts, ideas and approaches – even if there is disagreement; especially if there is disagreement – leads to better solutions. More unity. A sense of community.
The Gray Area will be a place to express my thoughts about leadership, philosophy, economics, policy, culture, religion, education, music, sports, etc. My intent will not be to direct, preach or judge. No right or wrong answers. No absolutes. Just perspectives that may prompt others to think differently about how we can help make the world better - one thought at a time. I welcome your thoughts about Gray Area posts on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter so we can share more broadly.