Another thought from Dr. Michio Kaku (see yesterday’s blog):

He has classified beings into three levels of consciousness:

Level 1: those that react to feedback but don’t have independent conscious thoughts (like flowers)

Level 2:  those that respond to space and can make social connections with others (like animals)

Level 3:  those who can understand time (only humans)

Dr. Kaku said that “only humans have the ability to run simulations of models into the future and also the past; humans are the only animal that understands space and time.”

It was a distinction that I had not considered before, that what separates us from the animals is our understanding of time.  Kaku said this allows us to create, to plan and to develop “cities, civilizations and rocket ships.”

Think about what your awareness of time allows you to do.  You can learn from the past, plan for the future, savor memories or anticipate actions.  

How are you going to use your highest level of consciousness today?  

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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