We pay the most attention to news or a story when it surprises us –
“Without followers, evil cannot spread.”
Fans of Star Trek have long marveled
We’ve been talking about different modes of comprehension.
When deciding, we cannot just think in a single dimension.
An illogical point of view is one that runs counter to our best interests.
Does leadership require reason or emotion?
Which does it need more of?
Usually there are managers who have knowledge
and can reason about it after years of practice.
Managers make the case. Leaders make a judgment.
When logic fails, and there’s no clear answer.
Someone has to make a call.
Often there’s not enough time to calculate all the possibilities.
A gut reaction is called for.
Here we see Kirk do something, he does something seemingly reckless,
But ultimately the emotional response proves to have an unspoken logic.
Americans with our history of surviving and thriving on the frontier,
With our needing to deal with unknowns, uncertainties and unwilling adversaries
Are prone to trust our feelings and intuitions.
There are just too many unknowns and the situations too novel.
To rely on conventions or tradition on the frontier is to risk death.
So does that mean we don’t need to be
deliberate, thoughtful and slow sometimes?
We clearly do. That’s what scientists and researchers,
in a thousand specialties, must do.
So that’s the paradox, isn’t it?
We need reason and passion. We need a corps of elite thinkers.
In academics and in industry.
We have these people. We just ignore them in crucial moments.
That’s our challenge. To give voice to expertise.
To govern by data and facts and reason.
But more than that – to motivate the population to “take the medicine”.
To do the right things in the long view.