The value of liberal arts in the long term

What will happen as technology progresses to the point of automation of automation, when machines can write better code than people?

There's a growing need for creative thinking.

Liberal arts becoming more in demand than coding, finances, and even engineering? No way right?

What will happen as machines get smarter and smarter, able to do more and more of what people can do—faster, more accurately, cheaper? 

Check out Mark Cuban's thoughts here.

Giant data is well on its way. But how will we process the data and apply it for greater benefits and sustainability? Who do we want doing it? What will be their organizing principle for interpreting all those terabytes?

We will need healthy, creative, courageous workers, leaders, managers, with deep relational abilities—the personal, human qualities that machines are not capable of. 

Cuban projects free, creative thinking will be the #1 job skill in 10 years. Thinking is not a luxury. We're not talking about fear-filled analysis. It's getting clearer on macro-issues, the bigger picture, the longview. It's being dedicated and disciplined to find solutions that help everyone become mature, fulfilled, successful. It's developing greater management of work-life integration for sustainable thriving families.

What keeps families from thriving? The drive for productivity to make more money to have a certain lifestyle. Many people work so much that there's nothing left for relationships, much less emotional hygiene and growing what matters most.

What happens when we neglect physical hygiene—the smell gets bad quick not to speak of overall health deterioration. Equally detrimental is not caring for the emotional quality of our minds. This is likely the root of poor self care.

Why do we (especially us guys) lack emotional maturity to lead with courage and compassion? Is it because action and adrenaline form our organizing principle for life? Or is it anxiety and worry over failure and humiliation? 

Why does management of intangibles like emotions and relationships consistently get marginalized? 

Creative thinking emerges as part of the top tiers of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. It occurs when the deficiency needs are effectively met—physiological, security, love and belonging, and self worth. The disconnect happens after security. We men think that's the primary extent of our role, provide a home and have a job to pay the bills. Then we use our job performance to give us our self worth rather than finding it in a deep sense of being loved apart from what we do. Rest, bonding and recreation with loved ones becomes perceived as a waste of time (time to make more money) or tolerable at best.

When relationships take a back seat to productivity and exercising emotional labor is perceived as a waste of time, the general fall out is family dysfunction, disintegrated marriages, disconnected youth, disenfranchised adults.

The stuff that companies and organizations look for more and more are real people. Those who aren't afraid to listen to their hearts AND think with their brains, who don't think they don't have time for dealing with emotionally, laborious challenges, like the messiness of loving and leading adolescents or those who behave like one. We need to stop thinking that we're above it all. If we're a parent / manager / leader, dealing with the messy people problems IS OUR JOB. Administration must be secondary. Can there ever be true success without solid, healthy relationships? I say categorically NO.

What would you be willing to invest to grow and develop your heart and mind for greater creative thinking and courageous living?

$3000? Now there are some cool things you can do with that much money. Check these out:


Or you can invest it towards developing yourself for greater creative capacities and capabilities for grander vision and growth-centered execution. Dedicate thoughts and actions to bring more hope, joy, and love into the life of those your care for as well as your own.