Every day we face decisions that help determine what tomorrow will look like -- for ourselves and for others as well.
The decisions we make are powerfully influenced by five core concerns. These concerns revolve around issues of vulnerability, injustice, distrust, superiority, and helplessness. Their impact is felt almost everywhere.
These five concerns shape our perceptions and actions by serving as persuasive yet imperfect guides to the world around us. In our pursuit of positive personal and social change, they can both illuminate the path forward and lead us far astray. Sadly, too often we fail to recognize the difference. Let's briefly consider each in turn.
Concerns about safety are central to the way we evaluate our circumstances. This isn't surprising. Survival is an obvious first priority -- without it nothing else would be possible. So efforts to protect ourselves and the people and groups we care about are a primary focus of our attention.