If blind person writes about seeing, do we find that enlightening?
Our answer influenced by whether that person has ever seen.
If they have we might find their viewpoint insightful.
If they’d never seen, we might find their credibility in doubt.
We trust people to give us information and insight about what they know.
As we might debate how a sightless person could have vision, we could also ask what crazy people know about reality, what youngsters know about aging, what vegetarians understand about meat-eating.
We live in a click/gather/learn society, like we have a mega-library card in our wallet but never read anything …
I was in a gathering recently, menagerie of differences – each with their own story, yet none telling their own. Each with a curious brain, not acting curious. Big brains perhaps, but you’d never guess it from their small talk.
Social skills are awkward to talk about, difficult to describe and feel like a tool I’ve only learned to operate by accident without an owner’s manual.
I’m not good at social graces – I open my mouth when I shouldn’t, keep it closed when I might have a good opportunity to connect better with people. Awash in confusion in those situations – a bee in a flower garden, confused as I visit each flower whether I should suck nectar of those moments, distribute pollen or deposit my stinger in someone.
Mixing bee metaphors, but you know I’m not talking about bees. I want to make love and war at the same time, with equals. I want a battle of wits and wisdom when I wander into a flower garden …
Excellent Musing this morning, Mark. I have been caught on ‘reply to all’ too often. In one case, in a very sensitive negotiation. Fortunately I was able to move through it but learned a very valuable lesson. Same goes for just adding the first name or start to an email address into the ‘To’ line and memory brings up an email address to a different person unrelated to the discussion going on. Now I check with vigilance the email addresses and cc’s before sending off. This ‘A Funny Thing Happened..’ certainly does open coaching and speaking opportunities for you, RT, White Rock, BC