I. When we speak (or write), does our positionality in this world matter? I recently stumbled upon a video in which someone expressed their ire against people starting a variation of a sentence like “I am speaking as an x person.” The position here – if I may simplify it as follows – is instructive:… Continue reading #199: Why Positionality Matters
#185: Poem: Sometimes, There’s Nothing To Say
SOMETIMES, THERE'S NOTHING TO SAY Corvallis, August 14th, 2022 – P#782 sometimes, there's nothing to saynot that there wouldn't be anythingto talk about: for I could say all I want,but talking about it, would that not implya social component? so shall I cryout loudinto the wilderness? for I really feellike screamingout loud: and yet, who… Continue reading #185: Poem: Sometimes, There’s Nothing To Say
#133: Am I Really Not Paying Attention If I Am Not Outraged?
The current principle of attempts to change the world seems to be the following: “If I only scream loudly enough, I will be heard.” That is correct. But you will not be listened to. Hearing the noise and listening to the message are two different things. We know by now – rather definitively – that… Continue reading #133: Am I Really Not Paying Attention If I Am Not Outraged?
#121: Outrage Is Not a Successful Communication Strategy
Everyone is outraged these days and lets everyone know. Something is always offending somebody. I understand that. There are a lot of things I find difficult to tolerate, sometimes impossibly so. Yet how do we communicate such difficulties? How should we feel about that? Outrage is an uncontrolled emotion. You feel so frustrated by something… Continue reading #121: Outrage Is Not a Successful Communication Strategy