The Mature Approach Rather Than The Mad Approach

There are many ways to live life. Some people aim to follow the mature approach. They aim to be caring and considered. This can have positive consequences for other people and the planet.

Some people follow what may be called the mad approach. They do things that are uncaring and unconsidered – except for their own immediate gain. This can have negative consequences for other people and the planet.

Different people follow these approaches in different ways. Let’s explore how they may translate these into action and the effects they may have on other people.

The Mature Approach

There are many definitions and synonyms for being mature. These include the following.

People who follow this approach often have a clear philosophy. They feel passionately about things and believe in following certain principles. They have a sense of perspective, however, and this influences their behaviour.

They see themselves as small in the great sweep of history. They don’t see themselves as important, but they believe their actions have consequences. They therefore aim to do things that help people or the planet.

Such people make considered decisions. They start by focusing on clarity – the real results to achieve. They consider the choices, consequences and any creative solutions. They then pursue the route that is most likely to achieve the desired concrete results.

People who follow the mature approach may become more mellow as they get older. This does not diminish their passion, however, and they continue to try to do their best during their time on the planet.

The Mad Approach

People who follow this approach often pursue their own agenda. They convince themselves that they are right – whilst others are wrong – and behave in ways that can create collateral damage.

They often lack empathy. They refuse to accept other points view or respect people who are different. They may then resort to bullying or blaming other people.

Such people live in their own world. They refuse to take responsibility and look for ways to justify their own behaviour. They may then behave in even more extreme ways that can cause pain.

People make decisions every day. They may do this as individuals, leaders or politicians. They can then choose follow the mature approach or the mad approach. The route they follow has consequences for other people and the planet.

Let’s return to your own life. Looking ahead, can you think of a situation where you may want to follow elements of the mature approach? This could in your personal or professional life.

How can you follow this approach in your own way? How can you maintain a sense of perspective? How can you make decisions and act in a way that, as far as possible, have positive consequences?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to complete the following sentences.

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