Rich, you`re making two really excellent points, I think. The first
being that perception of reality is a basic consideration in
motivation, the second being that reasoned argument about reality (and
truth) can modify someone`s motives.
One problem we face today is that millions of people have been taught
that "semantics" is a bad word. Any discussion on how someone phrases
something, the meaning of the words they use, and their organization of
language is just dismissed. "Oh, that`s just semantics---not really
part of the discussion."
Unfortunately, we are the words we use. (I say unfortunately, but
that`s for people who don`t understand language.) That sense of reality
is entirely understandable through words. Without words we would truly
live like the animals, one moment to the next without any coherant
Is a dog "motivated?" If you offer a reward system to train the dog to
do a trick, is the reward a motivation? Or is it an incentive, and is
there a difference?
Why does it seem that previous generations were willing to adjust their
perspective of reality and truth? Modern schools emphasis throughout
undergraduate classes that students are wonderful just the way they
are. With no outside standards, criticism, evaluation, or judgement,
nor any sort of reward or punishment, why would anyone want to change
Can changing a perspective on reality strongly affect someone`s
motivation to start a business, persist and continue with a business,
write a business plan, or overcome obstacles?