As I noted at the conclusion of Part I, I do not deny the ‘observation’ – reality is perception.  Given this, I have also been thinking about what might contribute to the ‘observation.’  Next time we will begin to explore some of the ‘contributors’ – ‘real’ and ‘potential.’

Greenleaf wrote: To refuse to examine the assumptions one lives by is immoral.  Many years ago I learned/experienced first-hand the impact ‘assumptions’ have upon all of our lives.  How does Greenleaf’s quote and my learning relate to the ‘observation’ that ‘Greenleaf does not resonate with people today’?

Consider, gentle reader, that there are assumptions that we hold that reside in our consciousness For example, I assume that if I put finger to key and strike them in a certain order then this sentence will emerge.  Now we know, by experience, that our conscious assumptions don’t always work out.  We also hold assumptions that reside in our pre-conscious.  If we stop, step-back, and reflect we are able to move these from our pre-conscious to our conscious level.  For example, I learned in 1967 that an assumption that resided in my pre-conscious was that ‘grades’ were a discouraging motivator for my students.

Then, we all hold what I call ‘deep tacit assumptions.’  These reside in our sub-conscious.  They are the most powerful assumptions because we act on them as if they are true AND we are not aware of them.  To complicate matters, it takes us a great deal of time, energy, effort and commitment to ‘uncover them,’ ‘name them’ and ‘embrace them’ as ours.  For example, when I went to the university I held a deep tacit assumption that I could not succeed, much less excel, as a student.  I had the help of four people during a twelve month period that enabled me to emerge, name, embrace and finally let go of this deep tacit assumption.

So, gentle reader, what are the conscious, pre-conscious and deep tacit assumptions those in the Greenleaf Community hold when it comes to our question: ‘Does Greenleaf resonate with people today?’  Again, the first two levels are, more or less, easily accessible to us.  The third level is significantly more powerful and impactful – upon ourselves and upon the other(s).

For example, as I have noted, my assumptions powerfully influence what I ‘expect’ will unfold and I will look for affirmations and ignore disconfirmations. If I assume, for example, that a person or a group will find Greenleaf a ‘challenge’ I will look for confirmations and I will ignore (or deny or minimize) disconfirmations.

If I, on the other hand, assume that each person has the ability, capacity, potential and desire/want/need to be able to benefit from reading, reflecting upon, engaging in searching conversations and hence in ‘learning’ by immersing themselves in Greenleaf’s writings then I will seek out affirmations and I will ignore (or deny or minimize) disconfirmations.  My assumptions, especially my deep tacit assumptions, support and enhance resonance or hinder and promote dissonance.

You, gentle reader, and I communicate our deep tacit assumptions to others.  They are received by others and others respond to them in ways that then confirm our assumptions.  I have learned, via ‘experience and reflection, that there are four ‘roles’ that when they work together foster resonance with Greenleaf and minimize dissonance.

We will briefly explore these next time.


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