I recently had a conversation with my friend and LinkedIn connection, Brian Sommer. Brian is the gentleman who taught me content is not king, after all. Context is.
During our conversation, he told me he’d once suggested to a mental-health profession with whom he engaged in an online discussion that stress is self-induced. The mental-health professional argued with some vehemence against that notion, saying she based her own notions on evidence-based research, rather than on actual personal experience, conveying the impression that if something isn’t based on evidence, it’s not true, valid or possible.
Brian said, “She reminded me of former students who’d say, ‘If it’s not on Google, it’s not true’.” According to that line of thinking, neither editorial nor political agendas are true, either. But that’s fodder for a whole different post.
My own thoughts about the medical-health professional were that (A) she was more comfortable remaining in her own proverbial swim lane, and (B) she might have been in need of some professional mental-health help her own self. I kept those thoughts to my own self.
But when Brian told me that story, I did say to him:
I’d love to ask that mental-health professional why she thinks people are so afraid of thinking in new or different ways. More specifically, I’d love to ask her why she’s so afraid to challenge her own notions of perception and perspective.”
Since we happened to be on Zoom at the time, I was able to see Brian when he shrugged his shoulders.
But the questions linger: What are we so afraid of? Why are we afraid? I don’t know. But my conversation with Brian gave me a different context from which to view the coronavirus and compelled me to create this video:
Change your perspective. You’ll make a look on the bright side more than a cliché.