This I Believe New England: The Other Hand

Oct 3, 2017

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Life, it seems, is so complicated at times that it's tempting to reduce its complexity to truisms, cliches, aphorisms, shibboleths, and platitudes.  This isn't always the result of intellectual laziness.  Sometimes, we reduce complexity to simplicity to avoid feeling overwhelmed, perhaps in a desperate effort to make sense of it all.  But don't we know that to truly grasp life's intricacies, entanglements, and nuances, we need to look through lenses positioned at all of the pertinent angles—admittedly a laborious and time-consuming task?  And isn't that what being thoughtful is all about Mike Fink seems to think so. 

Mike Fink is an English professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has produced columns in a wide range of local and national magazines and earned the Providence Journal's Metcalf Award and the National Conference for Community Justice Award, as well as the Never Again Award for journalism.

Life, it seems, is so complicated at times that it's tempting to reduce its complexity to truisms, cliches, aphorisms, shibboleths, and platitudes.  This isn't always the result of intellectual laziness.  Sometimes, we reduce complexity to simplicity to avoid feeling overwhelmed, perhaps in a desperate effort to make sense of it all.  But don't we know that to truly grasp life's intricacies, entanglements, and nuances, we need to look through lenses positioned at all of the pertinent angles—admittedly a laborious and time-consuming task?  And isn't that what being thoughtful is all about Mike Fink seems to think so.