George W. famously said, “You’re either with us or against us”.  Everything is black and white.  There are no shades of grey.  A pretty limited, unsubtle view of the world where you can only hold one set of beliefs and reject all others.

Intelligent people understand duality.  Where you can hold two sets of beliefs simultaneously.  See things in the multiples shades they really exist in.

This TED Talk by Ash Beckham explains it beautifully with a very personal example where she had to decide in a millisecond whether to take a personal stand or act in someone else’s best interest without making it a either/or.

Well worth watching.


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