The Need for Diversity of Thought

Lawrence Ham
Aug 11, 2016 · 2 min read

It’s 2 am again, as tends to happen per rotation of the planet, and I’m still awake and working and in need of daily purge.

So, what in tarnation is diversity of thought?

Here, form a thought or opinion.

OK, your thought is an insanely unique culmination of your entire life, your vocabulary, your cultures, your education, your experiences, your interactions, and on and on and on.

Imagine your thought as a physical ball of words, a semantic molecule. Now toss it at someone, person B.

The way in which person B interprets your semantic molecule is an insanely unique culmination of their entire life, their vocabulary, their cultures, their education, their experiences, their interactions, and on and on and on (and you thought fingerprints were unique).

See a pattern here?

Let’s assign a few characteristics to this semantic molecule: speed, direction, and form.

When intercepted, this semantic molecule changes in speed, direction, and form. Through the mere act of interpretation, this semantic molecule changes form alone.

By the time person B has digested and replied to your semantic molecule, it again changes speed, direction, and form, and this initial thought evolves.

Hence the need for ongoing discourse, cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural, cross-_________ collaboration, or diversity of thought.

So forever toss your molecules about and seek discourse + input lest your molecule travel a linear path sans evolution.

Lawrence Ham

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founder @rentallco. partner @amplfyHQ. board @gflaorg + @globalteenproj. @startingbloc fellow. satirist. advisor.

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