In principle, each group of decision makers is part of a larger group or larger community. Ultimately, we are all part of the great community we call Earth.
I want what is best for my group, but which group? Over the long run, it is not okay for my local group to profit at the expense of my larger group—that simply shifts expenses to others. Over the long run, doing what is best for my club is not okay if it hurts my town. Doing what is best for my town is not okay if it hurts my country. Doing what is best for my country is not okay if it hurts Earth community.
Practical Tip: As your group makes decisions, consider the impact of those decisions on other groups and over time. Expand the circle of concern all the way to Earth community and into the future. Decide things locally that will help the whole world. Decide things now that will help our kids and our kids’ kids. To make good group decisions, we resist the temptation to be guided entirely by local, short-term gain.
Not everything is a problem that needs to be fixed
When a person dies the attending physician is not allowed to list “natural causes” or “old age” as the cause of death. Rather, there needs to be a diagnosis; a problem.
Craig thinks this is wrong. In this video he explains.
Thanks for holding the camera, Molly!
This video has captions. To see them, click CC on the video screen.
Here’s what Craig says in the video
Hey everybody! Hey it’s Craig Freshley here. In Baxter State Park. In February.
I was just having a conversation with a friend of mine. She’s a hospice nurse and we got to talking about end-of-life and how the last time somebody died from “old age” was in the 60’s or something. People aren’t allowed, anymore,to die of that. People aren’t allowed to die of “natural causes.”
In fact, everything tends to be seen as a problem that needs to be fixed.
Well I’m here to say that in group dynamics and group settings, it can really be helpful to not think of everything as a problem that needs to be fixed.
You know what? Stuff dies. Things break. And sometimes the best course of action is to simply accept that that’s the way it’s supposed to be right now. Not everything is a problem that needs to be fixed.
Thanks for listening and I hope this helps your group make good decisions.
In principle, every encounter, every meeting, is an opportunity to start anew. It is good to learn from the past but not be artificially constrained by it.
Just because we have spent a lot of money or effort on something (referred to by economists as sunk costs) is not by itself justification for spending more. The proper decision criterion for spending money or effort is how it might affect the future, not how it might change the past. Revenge too may create the illusion of making the past better but in fact only makes the future worse.
We cannot change the past by the decisions we make today, but we can change our feelings about the past by making good decisions for tomorrow.
Practical Tip: Glance back over your shoulder, but not so much that you stumble on what’s ahead. Let the past inform the future, but not dominate it.
Experiences from our past are like rocks, best used to pile up and stand upon, see clearly, and step off into the future in any direction—not to be used for building walls.
In principle, just because you did something bad to me is never a reason for me to do something bad to you. Doing something for revenge or to get even just makes more bad things happen. Sometimes we justify harming someone to teach them a lesson. If this is my goal, I should first ask, “What is the very …read more
In this super short video Craig explains that you don’t always have to do a big, new thing. Instead, following through with what you already agreed to is often the greatest gift. Thanks for holding the camera, Ellis! This video has captions. To see them, click CC on the video screen. Here’s what Craig says …read more