“Most people are other people.
Their thoughts are someone else’s
opinions, their lives a mimicry,
their passions a quotation.”
At first blush some may find the above quote from Oscar Wilde a bit aggessive or harsh, but perhaps letting it marinate within for a while will help you to see beyond his bold statement and into the gristle, into the structure of the thoughts and perhaps then you can ask yourself, is this truth he’s uttering.
What Oscar Wilde shares with us in his quote is nothing new on the scene, it’s been said in a myriad of different ways for time immemorial. David Bohm empathized the same sentiments when he talked both about Dialogue and about Thought, though his words may have been less challenging to our beliefs about ourselves they clearly align with Oscar Wilde’s thoughts on this subject.
When in the midst of attempting to create something radically new we need a radically new process to get to set out for the other shore (innovation). The struggle within ourselves to want to be right is for the most part our ego protecting itself from change and transformation. Bohm recognized this struggle within a Dialogue group and he recognized the crowd mentality which grows stronger when we fail to move toward Dialogue.
“A key difference between a dialogue and an ordinary discussion
is that, within the latter people usually hold relatively fixed positions
and argue in favor of their views as they try to convince others to change.
At best this may produce agreement or compromise,
but it does not give rise to anything creative.”
Within the midst, the crowd mentality expands and roars till only one way of thinking is left to follow. The creative fails to crack and appear as it is trampled beneath the heal of the crowd mentality, quite possibly lost forever. If you think I’m being dramatic in the use of my words I have a simple question for you. If but one voice leads your team, where does originality live?