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Originally posted by silent thunder
People who cannot handle open-ended questions, who think solely in black and white, and who MUST have a "certain" answer to thorny problems "NOW" are, in my book, lacking in patience and wisdom...even if they happen to have high IQs.
The people with the ability to mull things over and "live with a question" for a while concerning any given issue strike me as the wisest and most intelligent. We live in a complex world. Complexity often defies reductionist answers and demands slow, patient, nuanced thought.
Sadly, the inability to tolerate ambiguity seems to have been on the rise in society for some time. Many people mistakenly identify simple, firm answers to complex questions as "strength." Conversely, such people have no patience for the kind of slow, detailed pondering that often results in real breakthroughs, solutions, and understanding. To them, this is "dithering" or "weakness."