Think for the Future

A minimum desire and tendency to control the actions and the persons around us exists in every one of us. This purpose becomes more difficult when it comes to control our mind. Human mind still remains a partially controlled “area”. I believe that more important than control is to permanently develop those essential cognitive skills for an efficient adjustment in the future.

I’ve recently also found this approach of the mind in the book “Five minds for the future” wrote by the well-known psychologist H. Gardner. Based on the concept of “minds”, his point of view outlines that the key for the human’s evolution is to achieve five types of mind.

1. A disciplinary mind prevents us to become “slaves” of passive information learning. The idea is not to exclude the learning process but to do it understanding every discipline. We should be able to think from at least a couple of disciplines’ perspective (science, mathematics, history and an art discipline) and to educate our teenagers not by the past standards but for the future.

2. A synthesizing mind needs abilities to organize the overwhelming “wave” of information and to integrate ideas from different disciplines. By being a synthetic structure we can easily take correct decisions for every problem.

3. A creating mind could be expressively described by the legendary dictum of Descartes “I think, so I exist” transformed into “I create, so I exist”. A creative person is always looking for the challenges. This kind of individual analyzes a situation from more than one perspective trying to clarify any questions or phenomenon. Generally, every person wants to be creative and to realize something new in life.

4. A respectful mind creates a cause-effect relation between persons: the ones disrespectful don’t deserve the other one’s respect. Thinking respectfully means to live one next to other without wanting to produce any harm and to promote tolerance between people. Respect signifies to appreciate the human diversity. The poet W.H.Auden drastically expressed the reality by saying: “we must love each other or die”.

5. An ethical mind is set to warn us about the non-ethical persons and the ones refusing to assume any responsibility. Once we interiorize the ethical perspective we think about the welfare of all the people not only about ours. A notorious religious chief priest said that when all that’s important can be sold and bought, when going to shopping is seen like a salvation or when the publicity commercials are considered as prayers, values are destroyed.

Achieving this five minds isn’t very easy because of obstacles as conservatory attitudes, resistance to everything is new, hidden risks or the lack of proper methods and ways. Further more, it’s also needed a people’s reorientation from the technology evolution to human values and personalities. We have to be more preoccupied for our cognitive and spiritual wellbeing than the material one.

If we want to make the world a better place in the future, we must start from changing our mind’s concepts and choosing the ones that can help us to grow as unique personalities. – Psychologist, Nicoleta Cramaruc