Love this quote, and love a good question. One that provokes deeper thinking, a challenge to static opinions, a quest for new possibilities. Especially, of myself. Questions that further understanding and new learning. Sometimes I go in search of them. Other times they pop up at unexpected times and from unexpected sources. Usually, they serve me well.
So, I find myself pondering several questions regarding this issue of considering alternatives:
- Why can/do I generate alternatives more easily in some areas of my life than in others?
- Why is the generation of alternative approaches or possibilities so satisfying in itself?
- Do I/when do I hang out in possibilities to avoid a difficult decision or to avoid having to take action?
- What criteria can I use to judge when/if I have too many alternatives to consider, or, conversely, too few?
- I dislike, even distrust, either/or thinking - is this at the heart of why our political "debate" infuriates me so much? Why I also see the polarization as frightening, rather than merely frustrating?
- Under why conditions am I willing to consider alternatives (whether opinions or recommendations) posed by others? Under what conditions do I shut down or dismiss outright? What are the implications - for me, for my relationships?