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Familiarity Breeds Mindlessness

Familiarity Breeds Mindlessness – “mindlessness for familiar things” is a challenge for any leader, learning designer, or educator. We build many of our beliefs without direct awareness of what we are doing (without sounding like I’m getting too old, consider the beliefs of many young people – directed and influenced by media which presents a certain type of look and attitude). Layer and layer of beliefs eventually result in “who we are”. Learning that occurs below our conscious understanding is interesting…sometimes we hear ourselves saying (at least I hear myself) things that we don’t really mean. We have acquired these views because of our environment and familiarity placates. Reflecting on this now, there are many things that I read on a daily basis (news, theories, global events) that should outrage me. Instead, I have been mindlessly lulled into tolerance.