We each have a duty to think before we speak.

What does the world look like if people don't take the time to think before they speak? Oh wait, that's the world we live in already. And the results are bemoaned, debated and endured.

But what is duty, really? And what does "thinking" actually entail? And what are we really doing, when we speak?

In many ways, in this episode, we cut to the heart of the hidden power, our hidden power - our capability to set a tone, to make our appearance something joyous, or something terrible.

Talking points:

"Duty," "Think," "Speak" - what do they really mean?

Context in challenges to environment, democracy and truth

Speech after WW2, individualism, where we are now

Simplistic thinking and authoritarian speech

How does this help us? What a measured response can do for you.

Andrew Mitchell on what we are really doing with language

We are "creating" - whether we like it or not

Right or wrong? The pleasures of being wrong

Mental Models

  • Widening the lens
  • The 5 Whys
  • Post crash analysis/ avoiding blame
  • Active listening


Andrew Mitchell on Second Order Thinking (youtube, 25 minute talk in 1hour discussion:


Michael Fuller author of Kill the Black One First - podcast interview (50 min)


a16z podcast on moderating discussions (1hr)


Haim Ginott (Wikipedia)


Everything that's wrong in a condensed piece of philosophy: The Law of the Excluded Middle (Wikipedia)


Jung (Wikipedia)


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