FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE
be the fly on the wall
I was in a meeting the other day — between two sparring parties, each having a beef with the other — and seeing the disparity in two intelligent beings, both removed from each other’s reality, it was more comedic than tragic and probably fantastic material for a play I should write.
Not sure if this play should be farce or tragedy or whether someone should die at the end. I think, in a play, that would be the funnier ending.
If we could be the fly on our wall, what would we see?
Because sometimes people throw their shite against the wall …
I was in the fray, but not above it — at moments wishing I was the fly.
History will record the strangeness of this time, but I wonder if historians or psychologists are better equipped, or maybe we need playrights to reveal our calamities.
You could describe it as racial or cultural — but it’s not; it’s about ethics and fairness and negotiating between people who fail to understand compromise vis-à-vis those who think compromise is how to rationalize their shortcomings.
Yes, a play, indeed — and maybe one in need where one party kills the other in the end because there is no way to talk sense into the mind of anyone who believes they are right.
This is a time like no other before it, and if we keep waiting for it to be over, we’ll probably have missed too many of its opportunities …
There is a lot more hustle and self-reliance out there than we give people credit for, and changing our goals and outlook are essential at all times — perhaps accelerated by this pandemic. That strikes me as an unexpected benefit.
Having spent way too much time reflecting on and lamenting how things used to be …
I’m reminded nearly every day, by so many things I witness, of so many things people say about how ‘normal’ used to look.
As we debate whether we are coming out of this or still in the middle of it, the news seems dominated every day by people who cannot even agree on what they cannot agree on …
I watched a talk the other day, and the term ‘the big resignation’ came up. I’ve been reading and hearing this term a lot over the last six months — portrayed by journalists, corporations and governments as a problem. I doubt anyone resigning their job during the pandemic sees themselves as a part of a societal or systemic problem but instead sees it as some combination of necessity and pursuit of an opportunity.
Day-to-day life is not a coping mechanism.
We live a day-to-day life, or we can be the fly.
Or the wall …
It’s a time for remembering how to communicate.
Some recent talks: Mark Speaks