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Not with the heart. Not with the head.

“Don’t blink: go with your gut”.

Such was the admonition, and little more needed to be said.

We didn’t, that day, and we guessed wrong. Suffice to say I let someone intellectualize me out of what the gut said was the better course of action.

On the surface, it make little sense.

The head is the brain trust of the operation. But even the best computers freeze up from time to time. I think it’s called a “parity error”, but that is another post for another day.

The heart is the custodian of all we hold dear. But even the heart can be led astray. Nostalgia waxes poetic in the soul, at times in great disservice to a call for clearer thinking.

Between these polar opposites lies the gut. While it’s not always right, it almost always signals when a decided, or intimated, course may not be quite true.

When you hear some news that makes your heart sick, that’s the gut kicking in.

When something doesn’t quite compute to the full degree of a third party explanation, it’s likely more of the same.

Lately I’ve been working through “The Big Store”, a twenty plus hour audio reading of a tome discussing the rise and fall of the mighty Sears Roebuck and Company.

Sears was the retailing giant of my youth. Before there were quick trips to Walmart, and before logging on to Amazon.com, there was the Sears catalog. My sisters and I would eagerly await its arrival by mail each year and pour through its pages marking all the things we wanted.

There’s a difference between wants and needs, and my gut tells me our hearts have been playing games with our head for too long these days.

The same is true for days long past, and those who proceeded us within them.

Our crowded landfills, our sparse nest eggs, and our culture’s lack of basic human decency all speak from the gut about the imbalances between head and heart.

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but I would suggest that what fails to make us sick may be just the thing that kills us.

A friend of mine often speaks of our consumption crazed society, and the need to “cultivate contributors”.

Healthy live cultures often best benefit the gut.

Ultimately, a combination of greed and loss of gut instinct within the once mighty Sears led to its demise.

It’s nothing unique, nor is it something new under the sun.

It happened to Greece, it happened to Rome. Then it happened to Greece again, only thousands of years later.

A catalyst of the more recent failed results, for both modern day Greece and for Sears, was a two bit player known as Lehman Brothers.

Another book I’m currently laboring through was published the year of my birth over a half century ago, and it lauds the wit, wisdom, and endurance of the famed Lehman Brothers investment house.

This would be the same Lehman that eventually lost its gut instincts in sacrifice to greed, resulting a decade ago in its own demise, and almost the same for the consumption driven world around it.

In conclusion for today, I will share just a few of this books faulty heartfelt conclusions about Lehman and its contributions to to world around it:

“At Lehman Brothers they realized – a little earlier than elsewhere – that the key to America’s future prosperity was the size of consumption, not of production.”

My gut tells me history may repeat itself so long as this world continues to listen to both head and heart…


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