Recently, I was looking up companies on a website called Glassdoor, a website that let’s employees rate their own company. I looked up one large IT company (starts with a “G”) and the very first comment, by an 8-year employee of that company, said the following negative comment:
I think the issue is that, a majority of people love [that company] because they get to work on interesting technical problems – and these are the people that see little value in learning how to develop emotional intelligence. Perhaps they enjoy technical problems because people are too “difficult.”
Today most people who are called adults are only pseudo-adults. Physically, they grow and become adult, but spiritually too many people never mature to adulthood. They don’t behave as adults in their lives. A bodhisattva [菩薩, 보살] is one who sees the world through adult eyes and whose actions are the actions of a true adult. (pg. 127)
Indeed, I feel that this “emotional intelligence”, or “spiritual maturity” is essential for our lives. In this recent post, I was trying to say the same thing, but couldn’t find the right words. The above comment from Glassdoor explains it better: people can spend their entire lives mastering a particular skill, or make a lot of money, or become famous, and still lack emotional intelligence. In fact, I bet a lot of famous celebrities, politicians, etc. lack emotional intellegence because they had other priorities.
So, I think Buddhism is a way to develop more emotional intelligence, more spiritual maturity. I think it is an effective way to become more human, not just physically.