Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What We Have Been Unable to Say

Source: Boxer - Animal Farm -

[Boxer's] major his blind trust in the leaders, and his inability to see corruption, leading to his manipulation and abuse....
Aside: Blind trust, lack of transparency...bad, baaad, baaaad. Long blog entry where I realize I have to cut stuff because I didn't read everything on the subject...REAL baaaad. Sigh. 8->
This quote hits me between the eyes.
The most valuable thing any of us can do is find a way to say the things that can't be said. My role is not to say what is easy or what we all can say, but to say what we have been unable to say.
(Susan Scott, Fierce Conversations)
Whether that can be accomplished...well, that's another thing altogether.

Wes Fryer uttered the sentence, "Sustained conversations change us," or something along those lines.
Conversations. Change. People. Yes, they do. But something about that--especially when it involves a corporation--bothers me deeply. Conversations with corporations can change. As I listened to NPR the other day, businesses don't change because they want to please their customer...they change because it's about making money. Money...the root of all evil.

What frees me is that YOU and I know that I'm being transparent about my biases, like a qualitative researcher who comes clean that he has a bias about his research. Coming to grips with one's biases is what blogging is about, achieving that transparency so that when you come to the table, everyone knows what you are about.
Companies need to come down from their Ivory Towers and talk to the people with whom they hope to create relationships.
Source: The ClueTrain Manifesto
It is when transparency is not possible, when silence is the answer that the blogger, a corporation offers to the question...that's what must be challenged. We MUST know the motives, the heart of the matter...and, since they'll come out in the end anyways, it does no one any good to lie. And, we have to share what we find out with one another. 

Corporations enable human beings to commit evil acts, granting them some measure of anonymity and freedom. "The Corporation, the District decided to do something" and so sorry it resulted in the bad things that happened to you. "We did this for the benefit of the District," when everyone very well knows that it was more to the benefit of certain individuals in power.

A part of me hearkens back to Orwell's Animal Farm and the insiduous nature of leadership. You ever feel like Boxer, the hard working horse that gets sent to the glue factory? I bet it's not an uncommon feeling for classroom teachers in the midst of high stakes test cultures.

Maybe, I'm just human. Sometimes, the best response isn't a carefully considered, cultured conversation but a barbarism. Shall we not, as one electric cleric put it, "Sin boldly?"
I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.
--Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Edublogs, futurists, visionaries...are telling fictions, stories, sharing dreams that may yet be realized. . .or remain fiction. . .yet, they are authentic voices that come across loud and clear. 

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Stephen Downes said...

Your RSS feeds now produce headlines only. :( So I'm missing most of what you write.

Miguel Guhlin said...

Stephen, thanks for catching this! I reviewed my settings and noticed that it had "switched." I'm not sure why, but Feedburner stopped working and now this setting switched to just headlines. However, it should all be working fine now.

Thanks again for the heads-up!

With appreciation,

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