The Teachings are a set of tools used to balance evaluative types in Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Science, and perhaps other institutions as well. The fact that all eight of these institutions employ this same set of tools raises the question of whether it is possible for a society to flourish long-term without the Teachings, without the humility they facilitate, and without the active evaluative diversity which humility permits.
Humility is itself a balance between relinquishing power and maintaining one’s identity. Being humble is different from being closeted (i.e. when one hides one’s identity), but it nonetheless resolves conflict. If humility is spread across all evaluative types, then none is oppressed and there is a truly rich collaboration. Thus, among social creatures, humility is extremely valuable. However, it may be difficult to obtain without the help of the Teachings.
Less institutional tools exist for managing evaluative diversity, but the Teachings are time-tested, so excluding them from one’s management strategy could be risky. As their name suggests, to implement the Teachings involves communicating them. That may require translating them into other languages, explaining them, motivating learners to attend to them (especially when the communication is a reminder), and/or creating learning capacities and environments.
The full set of Teachings includes:
To balance individualism: The Teaching of Altruism
To balance reason: The Teaching of Mysticism
To balance inherited norms: The Teaching of Social Change
To balance negotiation: Expecting the Unexpectable
To balance institutions: Rules Against Rule-Following
To balance relationship: Imitating Non-imitators
To balance gadflies: Deviating from Deviance
Extending the sample for the proposed book, GRIN Free – GRIN Together: How to let people be themselves (and why you should), a draft of the second chapter has been posted at GRINFree.com. Titled “Identify Yourself,” it explains the significance of the GRIN Self-Quiz and how to administer and score it manually. This book is written for a common audience—for the technical validation study, click here.
The GRIN Self-Quiz (GRINSQ) has been released into the public domain. Take the quiz at GRINFree.com, and get your results instantly at no charge. You can share your results or keep them completely confidential—it’s entirely up to you.
The GRIN Self-Quiz is intended to supplement other measures of evaluative diversity (e.g. genetic tests, behavioral tests, functional MRI, professional interviews, etc.), by providing initial screening at very low cost: just the two-minutes it takes to make twenty-four pairwise choices.
As the site says, “Freedom is Personalized,” which means that your freedom, as well as that of your loved-ones and coworkers, depends upon self-awareness. The self-quiz was developed to make freedom as free as possible by giving all English-speaking internet users access to a powerful tool for discovering the central ways they differ from each other.
Distributing a link to the quiz is an obvious first step for any manager or parent seeking to honor evaluative diversity in their team or family. We can begin to understand the ways we may discriminate against each other only after we recognize the ways we differ.
Like ecosystem managers who protect biodiversity even before most species have been identified, social leaders can begin to protect evaluative diversity right now via practical tools like the GRIN Self-Quiz. Stay tuned at GRINFree.com for more to come.
Christopher Santos-Lang, the author of Moral Ecology Approaches, has been invited to discuss evaluative diversity with the Madison Interfaith Dialogue group at their next monthly meeting, 10:00am-noon on Wednesday, 2/12/2014, at the guest house of Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M, Middleton, WI. He will request help editing the Famous arguments section of the evaluative diversity Wikipedia article listing arguments from diverse faith/philosophical traditions.
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As a sample for the proposed book , GRIN Free – GRIN Together: How to let people be themselves (and why you should), a draft of the first chapter has been posted at GRINFree.com. Titled “Discovering How to Be More Free,” it tells the story of how evaluative diversity was (and is continuing to be) discovered.
The GRIN model has been accepted for publication in a chapter entitled “Moral Ecology Approaches” in Machine Medical Ethics, edited by Simon van Rysewyk and Matthijs Pontier, and published by Springer.