Monday 21 August 2017

The Eclipse, The Future and the EQ of Caring

Something about this week's solar eclipse has me thinking about the future of humanity. The sun strangely disappearing on Monday reminds us all that anything can happen. We are, after all, at the mercy of the natural world. The eclipse seems like a good reason to imagine future societies and the role of caregivers in them.

As fate would have it, I stumbled upon this article about how being smart will mean something completely different in the future. According to this author, intelligence will be redefined this way:

"What is needed is a new definition of being smart, one that promotes higher levels of human thinking and emotional engagement. The new smart will be determined not by what or how you know but by the quality of your thinking, listening, relating, collaborating, and learning. Quantity is replaced by quality. And that shift will enable us to focus on the hard work of taking our cognitive and emotional skills to a much higher level.
We will spend more time training to be open-minded and learning to update our beliefs in response to new data. We will practice adjusting after our mistakes, and we will invest more in the skills traditionally associated with emotional intelligence. The new smart will be about trying to overcome the two big inhibitors of critical thinking and team collaboration: our ego and our fears. Doing so will make it easier to perceive reality as it is, rather than as we wish it to be. In short, we will embrace humility. That is how we humans will add value in a world of smart technology."
Interesting, isn't it? Looks to me like caregivers are going to be the thought leaders of the future - recognised as the fountainheads of creativity and emotional intelligence that we are. It's about time.

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