Wildland Fire Leadership: Getting to know you


"We talk about material things very well, but we do not talk about emotions, we talk very well about skills, safety and health, we really talk about character." Alasdair MacIntyre The famous philosopher said: "We have the concepts of the ancient morality of virtue, of honor, of good, but we have no more system to connect them."

The columnist David Brooks of The New York Times uses a bit of humor to talk about a subject that many avoid: humans as social creatures guided by our emotions. Talking about human nature and emotion can be difficult if you do not want to open your mind and are a little vulnerable in the process. Humans are social creatures and emotions play an important role in our decision-making processes. Have you taken the time to know yourself and to know how your emotions frame the decisions you make?

Highlights of the video
We challenge you to watch Brook's TedTalk video "The Social Animal" in its entirety. Here are some highlights:

  • "People are learning from people they love."
  • "Emotions are at the center of our thinking."
  • "Reading and educating one's emotions is one of the central activities of wisdom."
  • "We are social animals, not rational animals, we come out of relationships and we are deeply interpenetrated with each other."

Growth tools

  • Mindsight – the ability to enter the minds of others and learn what they have to offer.
  • Equal balance – the ability to have serenity to read prejudices and failures in your own mind.
  • Métis (street skills) – The ability to identify patterns in an environment.
  • Mix – ability to mix concepts together
  • Limerence – reader or motivation.

Published for the first time on this blog on Tuesday, November 14, 2018.