It was a statement that caught me off guard. I had heard others say it before. The argument has been made in numerous books, articles, and writings. I had even dwelt on the reality prior to reading it that day. Yet the way it was phrased, the context in which it arose made the phrase stick better this time. As a leader I immediately knew I had to do something about it, personally and for those I lead.
“America’s endemic anti-intellectual tendencies have been grievously exacerbated by a new species of semiconscious anti-rationalism, feeding on and fed by an ignorant popular culture of video images and unremitting noise that leaves no room for contemplation or logic”. (Susan Jacoby, The Age of American Unreason, xi-xii) A large number of multi-syllable words, but one very simple truth. People simply are not contemplating and thinking deeply anymore, instead, they are simply consuming more and more information.
This truth hit home as a leader for one major reason: Good leadership requires thoughtfulness and most of us work at such a frantic pace that there is no space for thoughtfulness and reflection. Which is the premise that Aaron Buer addresses and supplies a solution to in his article “Why Great Church Leaders Do Less“.
If you are a leader and find yourself so busy and overwhelmed at times, check out the article for some awesome and practical tips on how to lead better and be less overwhelmed. And as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.