The Rights of Lateral Thinkers

A lateral thinker is a sovereign individual who consciously values the natural rights of independent thinkers. The School of Thinking supports the natural rights of lateral thinkers. Here are ten lateral thinkers rights which are supported by the School of Thinking.

A Universal Declaration of the

Rights of Lateral Thinkers

1. As lateral thinkers, we have the right to use thinking in a quiet and confident manner simply for its own sake.
2. As lateral thinkers, we have the right to have pride of virtuosity in our lateral thinking skills.
3. As lateral thinkers, we have the right to use that skill and to consider a “lateral thinking reaction” rather than a reaction based on emotion or past experience alone. The thinking might make use of experience and emotion, but these would be part of the lateral thinking instead of controlling it.
4. A lateral thinker has the right to escape from current views of situations and to search for much better views of situations because we can and because it pleases us to do so.
 
5. A lateral thinker has the universal right to be wrong.
6. A lateral thinker does not have to defend a point of view at all costs. There is the right to see other points of view and the right to design a much better decision.
7. A lateral thinker has the right to acquire wisdom or to seek it out wherever it may be found. Wisdom is quite distinct from the sort of cleverness that is taught in school. Cleverness may be useful for dealing with set puzzles or defending local truths but wisdom is required for designing a better future.
8. A lateral thinker has the right to get on with his or her own work and to get along with other thinkers and if things go wrong a lateral thinker has the right to think things through and to fix them without creating a fuss.
9. A lateral thinker has the right to spell out the factors involved in a situation and also the reasons behind a decision.
10. Above all, a lateral thinker has the right to be asked to think about something, to focus thinking in a deliberate manner upon any subject. Lateral thinking can be used as a tool by the thinker at will. The use of this tool can be enjoyable whatever the outcome. This applied thinking can also be practical—the sort of thinking that is required to create value and get things done.
– Adapted from the Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructors Manual © 1982 Michael Hewitt-Gleeson and Edward de Bono, Capra New USA.

3 thoughts on “The Rights of Lateral Thinkers

  1. It seems to all come down to using the scientific methodology in our every day thinking. Never consider that you have found the definite answer/response to a particular situation but constantly try to understand and improve your opinions and beliefs.

  2. I wish I could make it official at my work place and challenge if people are not doing thinking and respond if my rights are not upheld !
    Also ONLY lateral thinkers have this right …how can we declare ? do non-lateral thinkers have any rights ?is there any declaration …

  3. I like the idea that – Wisdom is required to design a better future – spending time to acquire wisdom is necessary to provide a better life for oneself and family.

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