As you may have noticed, I've been reading a couple of books by Malcolm Gladwell, specifically, "The Tipping Point" and "Blink." His working thesis in both books is that the major movers in behavior and thought are not grand / macro schemes and theories, but small catalysts and subconscious reactions. Both are fascinating reads that I commend to you all.
I have to confess that I tend to agree with him - and yet I find his project unsettling. I've always been a big-picture / from 50,000 feet kind of guy. I've always leaned towards Gestalt, but Gladwell is shattering that lens. Instead of trying to see the totality of something to assess it, I need to look for smaller clues at a much lower level.
The implications of this are huge in business / marketing, theology, raising my kids, and pretty much every other area I operate. Making the switch from the macro-strategic to the micro-tactical is going to take awhile - and it scares me because I have always found comfort in meta-narratives and integrative frameworks.
Next post will be on how this is impacting my view of parenting. Stay tuned...