It seems to me that the greatest challenge of our time, which will either continue to exasperate every other challenge or by being addressed effectively, lead to all of the solutions we need, is our heavy leaning toward left-hemispheric thinking. So much do we do this, that we don’t even know we’re doing it most of the time. I certainly speak for myself.
By attempting to analyse our way out of problems we are doing the exact thing that got us into what ever mess we are choosing to view in isolation in that moment.
So if we are to be able to look at things truly holistically, it seems to me that we must first tackle the tendency to look at things in isolation. Even our attempts to map things out by saying “this system is linked with that system, is linked with the other system” is our reductionist attempt to understand things of infinite complexity and in so doing, limiting the emergence of real solutions to these complex troubles we see around us.
Now obviously, we don’t want to be throwing the baby out with the bath water. Logic, reason and the abilities to plan and organise are essential, but should they not respond to the broader awareness available to us through the right-hemisphere?
A question is then, when is the correct point to take the insights of the right-hemisphere and action them? My experience is that I tend to too easily get carried away, thinking I have the solution, then through my attempts to implement it, get lost in the left-hemisphere once again, creating sub-standard solutions.
Another question could be around how much we need to let go of in order for the world to come into greater harmony? Many of the structures, systems and societies of the world may need to crash in order for harmony to emerge. But this would surely be very painful to us. A world more balanced between the hemispheres would perhaps be far less predictable and very unsettling for the left-hemispheric thinkers among us (including myself).
So there’s a courage called for here. Are we going to be that courageous in time?