Why the human touch will always matter!

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 
 
This week in The Huffington Post,  Dr. James Canton, a futurist predicted that by 2025 robots will be delivering our babies (read here). What do you think about that?

One of the greatest delights of my life was catching my son Gabriel as he entered the world; and I just can’t help but wonder if R2-D2 would still let me do that!

What’s interesting to me is that no matter how much we automate, a human being still longs for the human touch, that intensely human personal interaction that tells us that we still matter.

You can’t automate the human touch, you may be able to copy it very accurately, but even then it will always lack that certain familiar warmth, that spontaneously irregularity, that life-giving sense of comradeship.

We need to be careful that we don’t use technology to hide, to falsely self protect, to literally avoid the human touch (that we each so desperately need) at all costs in the name of efficiency.

There is another way that we can use technology of course, we can use it to find our compadres, to connect more accurately, to know each other more deeply and to share the joy of being unique human with the world.
 
 

Human Touch Will Always Matter

Pride and Prejudice – Classic Book Review

Today’s excellent book review of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice comes from author, Rebecca Jean Downey.

 

“However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.”

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1764

Did you know that in Jane Austen’s time, “Men” were considered property of the village in which they lived?

For decades, I’ve been reading Pride and Prejudice, written in 1764 and finally published in 1813 under a pen name, and this go-round I discovered an attitude toward men that I had missed, and it left me a bit breathless.

In the Romantic Age in England, there was nothing romantic about it at all; marriages were mostly consummated out of necessity to keep an estate in tact, and this was precisely Jane Austen’s point; males, not just females were held captive by the strictures of society.

This realization has cut me to the core because my fascination with Austen’s message is also central to my own novels, in which I write about the trafficking of humanity and the lengths my characters go to break free from a world in which they are held captive—as if these ideas were something new.

Elizabeth Bennett’s courtship with Fitzwilliam (Will) Darcy is a courageous undertaking, requiring both to overcome their pride and prejudices in order to love each other- that rare prize for which we all strive.

As Elizabeth notes, “But vanity, not love, has been my folly…Till this moment, I never knew myself.”

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The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Book Review

Today’s excellent book review of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking comes from Rick Gibbs of Best Work Now.

 

Many years ago, I was labeled an introvert by the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator and strongly advised to put myself “out there” and become more outgoing, the key to success and happiness.

It was painful, but I followed diligently, often encouraging others to do the same until Susan Cain’s book Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking , revealed another path, more true to my reserved nature.

A card-carrying introvert, Susan carefully builds her case, explaining the terms introvert and extrovert first researched by Carl Yung in the early 20th century, then describing the evolution from a “culture of character” to a “culture of personality” which led to the “extrovert ideal” that exists today.

The book is a study of famous introverts like Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Lincoln and a host of contemporary introverts that disprove the notion that leaders can only achieve greatness with high-octane charisma.

Cain suggests that teamwork does indeed have an “I” with performance enhanced by people working in solitude without brainstorming, which doesn’t produce better ideas and without open plan offices, which actually can inhibit collaboration.

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Using a familiar example to illustrate the value of both styles, Cain asserts that without Steve Wozniak studying technology alone for years combined with the outgoing leadership of Steve Jobs, the Apple that we know today might not exist.

If people describe you as the silent type, if you feel anxious with people you don’t know,  or if you have languished in the shadow of a perky “people person”, Quiet is a book that you need to study carefully in your uniquely reserved way—join the revolution!

 
 

Why you need to get out of the box

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 
What is your box?

What are the constraints that pull you back in when you move to far to the left or to the right?

Is there an invisible ceiling that appears to cap the amount you can earn or achieve? Is there something underneath you that stops you going low, getting really dirty and subverting the culture all around you?

Where does the box exist, is it in your mind or does also co-exist in the societal expectations that saturate you?

You don’t need to just “get out of the box,” you need to completely and utterly obliterate it for all time (Tweet).

Most of us will end up getting buried in box but there is no good reason for living in one right now!
 
 
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I never had a television growing up…

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 

I never had a television growing up.

This is made more remarkable due to the fact that I am not 83, in fact I am still in my 30’s (just).

My mother felt that Television was bad for the imagination, but even more so, she wanted us to read, books were important because they created images and they forced us to see and imagine stories.

Reading is important and the practice must continue or our imaginations will suffer.

So today, I’m delighted to announce that recently we’ve created The Seven Sentence Book Club (read more) and 9 incredibly talented people have signed on as foundational members.

Every month they will be reviewing books in only 7 Sentences (quite a challenge) and you will be hearing from each of them in the coming weeks.

If you have a favorite book that you would like our experts to review, then you should submit it here.
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Why You Should NOT Give Up On Your Dreams

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 

A Stone Cutter swings away at a heavy rock pounding it 100 times without so much as a crack appearing in it. On his 101st blow the rock shatters… yet he knows it was not the 101′st blow that broke that rock but the 100 seemingly pointless, worthless blows that went before it.

A friend sent me this analogy to encourage me not to give up in my endeavors… but it not only applies to stone cutting or my work; you can use it to metaphor just about anything you would ever want to achieve in life.

Einstein said “I’m no more intelligent that the average man I just stay with problems for longer.”

In our world persistence is an undervalued commodity (Tweet).

Who knows what blow will break that rock upon which you sweat or which kind act or word will break open a hardened heart. The important thing is not to stop, to never give up and to keep on hammering.
 

NOTE: Can you describe your dream or life purpose in only 7-words? Go to our dream wall (here) and bravely add your dream.
 
 
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The Day I nearly died

Today’s Seven Sentence Blog post is written by regular contributor Dr. Keaton Smith, a Veterinary surgeon, blogger and author.

 
In the blink of an eye, a seven-hundred pound bull snapped three of my ribs from my sternum, missing my heart by only mere inches and sparing my life.

I awoke from my unconscious state with a horrible headache, covered in muck, and completely alone because all the cow-pokes thought for certain I was dead and ran away out of fear. As I fought through the pain, collected my boots, and struggled to breathe, the voice inside my head asked, “What are you waiting for?”

My wife and I had talked about owning our own practice one day, but there were always excuses to stall such as money, fear, or having to move once again. However, for the first time I realized that I wasn’t guaranteed a tomorrow. Every single time I crawled underneath a ferocious bull, I risked my very existence!

If I could face a beast bent on killing me and survive, then surely I was meant to take a chance on anything life could throw my way—what better way to risk it all, than in the pursuit of an awesome dream?

 

Dream of being a vet