Consequences can be very difficult to forsee. Some conseqences are beneficial, some are detrimental. But, they ARE coming! We cannot escape the consequences.

Even experienced executives, scientists and statespeople have difficulty is seeing past the short term consequences of their decisions.

Especially when teaching children to think, who have no long term perspective, it is very difficult to teach them to consider the 5, 10, 15 and 20 year consequences of their thinking, decisions and actions.

Are you aware of the Law of Unintended Consequences?

ist2_1473399_consequences.jpg Wikipedia says, “Unintended consequences are situations where an action results in an outcome that is not (or not only) what is intended. The unintended results may be foreseen or unforeseen, but they should be the logical or likely results of the action. For example, it is often conjectured that if the Treaty of Versailles had not imposed such harsh conditions on Germany, World War II would not have occurred. As such, war was an unintended consequence of the Treaty of Versailles … “

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3 thoughts on “The consequences are coming …

  1. You say teaching children to grasp the concept of 5, 10, 15,and 20 years is difficult, it is only recently that some Australian politicians have come to grips with the idea of thinking 4 years ahead.

  2. My actions are similar to dropping a stone into the water. the ripples go on and on . be careful with your decisions and actions, as they can have unforeseen consequences,for both you and the world.

  3. So right and not always wrong. That is to say, not all unintended consequences may be negative. Some or even all, may be positive. For instance, I wonder what the unintended consequences will be from my decision to subscribe to the school of thinking emails? Hopefully they will all be beneficial.

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