If you’re a regular reader, then you are definitely someone who enjoys knowing more about yourself, your inner realms, your emotions, your spiritual nature, and how life works. And in your pursuit of this knowledge/way of being, I’m sure at some point along the way you’ve been criticized or marginalized for your interest in becoming more aware and conscious.
Well now it’s time for the good news! Daniel Pink wrote in A Whole New Mind that the Information Age is now transitioning to the Conceptual Age — where “people are becoming uneasy in their careers, dissatisfied with their lives, eager to stay ahead of the next wave, wanting to equip their children for the future.
It is a time of material abundance, globalization and powerful technologies that have eliminated certain kinds of work. It is an age animated by a different form of thinking and a new approach to life — one that prizes aptitudes that are ‘high concept’ and ‘high touch.’
‘High concept’ involves the capacity to detect patterns and opportunities, to create artistic and emotional beauty, to craft a satisfying narrative [storytelling], and to combine seemingly unrelated ideas into something new [to grasp the big picture].
‘High touch’ involves the ability to empathize with others, to understand the subtleties of human interaction, to find joy in one’s self and to elicit it in others, and to stretch beyond the quotidian in pursuit of purpose and meaning.”
Who knew that all this personal growth and search for meaning would prepare you for the new age?! As it turns out, the very qualities that we discuss here (empathy, acceptance, meaning in life, joy, purpose, passion, bliss, happiness, peace, etc.) are the qualities needed to succeed in the world today.
This puts a powerful spin on personal growth — by acknowledging that there is a bottom-line benefit (greater employability, increased income) to all the efforts you’ve made toward self-awareness. Of course, you already understood the other benefits (sense of well-being, greater inner peace, living happily, etc.). So this is icing on the cake!
Spiritual growth has come full circle. What began as a way to help us stop chasing the American society’s materialistic, capitalistic ‘shoulds’ in order to find a more peaceful, happy way to live, has now morphed into a skill set and way of being that perfectly positions us for success in the new economy (while still enabling us to live happily and peacefully). Sounds like a win-win for all…
What are your thoughts on this?