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Stop to thinkの脱線話

 
stop to thinkは「立ち止まって考える」の意味になるようですが、NHKテキストを読んでいたらマーク・トウェインの引用句を見つけました。

自分が多数派の側にいると気付いたときが、
自らの行いを改めるか、または立ち止まって考えるベきときだ。


英語は以下のようになるそうです。

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect). –Mark Twain, Notebook.

こちらはpause and reflectを使っていますね。今週読み始めた本にpause and reflectを勧めているところがありました。変化のスピードが速くなりすぎてついてくのが難しくなってきている現代社会で少し立ち止まって考えを整理する重要性を訴えています。



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An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Thomas L. Friedman

When there is a change in the pace of change in so many realms at once, as we’re now experiencing, it is easy to get overwhelmed by it all. As John E. Kelly III, IBM’s senior vice president for cognitive solutions and IBM Research, once observed to me: “We live as human beings in a linear world—where distance, time, and velocity are linear.” But the growth of technology today is on “an exponential curve. The only exponential we ever experience is when something is accelerating, like a car, or decelerating really suddenly with a hard braking. And when that happens you feel very uncertain and uncomfortable for a short period of time.” Such an experience can also be exhilarating. You might think, “Wow, I just went from zero to sixty miles per hour in five seconds.” But you wouldn’t want to take a long trip like that. Yet that is exactly the trip we’re on, argued Kelly: “The feeling being engendered now among a lot of people is that of always being in this state of acceleration.”

In such a time, opting to pause and reflect, rather than panic or withdraw, is a necessity. It is not a luxury or a distraction—it is a way to increase the odds that you’ll better understand, and engage productively with, the world around you.

How so? “When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops. But when you press the pause button on human beings they start,” argues my friend and teacher Dov Seidman, CEO of LRN, which advises global businesses on ethics and leadership. “You start to reflect, you start to rethink your assumptions, you start to reimagine what is possible and, most importantly, you start to reconnect with your most deeply held beliefs. Once you’ve done that, you can begin to reimagine a better path.”

But what matters most “is what you do in the pause,” he added. “Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best: ‘In each pause I hear the call.’”


相変わらずキャッチーな言葉で時代の変化を切り取ってくれていて楽しみながら読めています。この動画は本の内容を語っているので興味が湧いた人は手に取ってみてはいかがでしょう。
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