What A Critical Doer Can Learn From “The Dress”

The Critical Doer Attacks Problems And Creates Opportunities From The Inside Out


Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.

Friedrich Hegel 

Apparently it was a slower news week than I thought.  With all that’s going on in the world, here is what’s raising everyone’s pulse…the dress.


 No doubt there is a plethora of passion sweeping across social media debating the question of white/gold or black/blue.  As I understand, both are correct…and there’s something a critical doer can learn from that.

Take another glance at the Hegel quote at the top of the page.  When you think about it, he’s absolutely right.  Most of the tough problems in life, just like the controversial dress, can look completely different to people depending upon their perspective.  When you consider culture, heritage, tradition, economic interests, hope for the future, and the list goes on and on…simple problems, just like the color of a dress, can seem like a struggle between right and wrong rather than a difference of perspective.

In a previous post, we talked about interests versus positions…what someone really wants rather than what they are for or against.  Critical doers are able to rise above and accomplish more because our philosophy starts with critical thinking which goes past the superficial and gets to the substantial.  Through application of logic which illuminates truth, critical doers open a world of options those who lock onto the binary choices visible at the surface can’t comprehend.

While the rest of the world marches with pitchforks and lanterns toward Armageddon for an apocalyptic showdown to settle the color of the dress, keep calm critical doers knowing that your capability to solve problems from the inside out through critical thinking and disciplined action will always carry the day.

I challenge to you to look around home or at work for a situation where action is stalled because the parties are looking at the superficial rather than the substantial.  Do the hard work to figure out the perspective of each side and begin crafting solutions that move past for or against and get to solutions that produce a win for everyone.  It’s what a critical doer would…do!


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Updated: March 2, 2015 — 1:47 am