Buzz Submitted by : CityVP Manjit
Buzz: Big Mind & Small Mind
Whether it is the original buzz or this paradox wisdom, I don't want to focus on the shadow side, but the enlightened side of my mind. I do recognize the binary state I unwittingly created by writing "Big Mind & Small Mind", and it is the first buzz I have written whose source code is based on an initial frustration within me. The net result is that I saw the need to get out of the initial binary state and more importantly, even when it comes to technology - my focus moving forward should be how I can use technology development for my learning journey, rather than focus on the shadow side of technology which already receives extensive opinion and thought through many publications and thinkers.
In my response to Ali Anani, I decided that first I must get out of the tyranny of OR, which is about big vs. small and move to big AND small. Secondly I saw that "small" is not judgement but a way. When I operate in my small mind, I am superfocused, converging all my knowledge on a singular purpose. When I operate in my big mind, I diverge and look to vision and imagination - an individual response, rather than for a group action. So I extended the two mind states and played with the idea of a mind compass. I have captured two states of that mind compass, the first is the The Enlightened Mind Compass and the second The Shadow Mind.
The way we address or attend to these states in social media can be somewhat different to the way we attend to these states as a learning journey - and I would say very different. This is because the shadow mind compass is what grabs our visceral attention, it is what triggers maybe past memories, associations that register with us emotionally or simply a fascination, the same kind that entertainment and news companies utilize to seek our attention.
What I find is that the shadow mind compass already has a tremendous amount of social attention and while it can inform my learning journey, because there is this shadow - I want to place my focus on the enlightened mind compass. The irony is not lost on me that when I wrote the Big Mind & Small Mind - the roots or impulse that drove me to reflect stem from the shadow side of group think. In the course of reflecting, I saw how hypocritical it would be of me or anyone to cite group-think, when this is far more the social norm.
At the same time I can see the value of the small mind (tightly bound by acumulated knowledge or subject matter expertise) and that is in the ability to execute on that knowledge. I also see value in the closed mind when we make decisions. The meaning of decision is to cut off all others choices. In the enlightened mind compass - that is a good thing.
The paradox wisdom here is the enlightened mind compass and while I never contemplated that my thoughts would veer into this direction, that is reality of a learning journey - something else new emerges that would not have come into being, had the initial binary experience not been recognized. I am not free of duality simply because I now contemplate a enlightened mind compass, but I have taken at least a step in the right direction to that which is a most difficult mind state, that no-mind state of freedom.