When we know something other people do not know, we have a personal obligation to our own humanity to share it. We can de-cloak liars and illuminate dark corners with simple questions. It is very possible to make good, hard worked changes to the way things are done but it requires taking a step back. To allow the truth to spread, we must deliver it to new places. To put it another way, we must preach to the non-converted.
It appears to me that the internet has an addiction to preaching to the converted. With the use of arm chair warrior language we can safely speak our abrasive minds about what-ever we want. Many articles are riddled with self-gratification, back patting and ridiculing of anyone who doesn’t agree. This is creating divide. It will not help the truth to spread, in fact it will do the opposite by putting the truth in such a bitter pill that no-one is willing to swallow apart from those who revel at the look of disgust on other’s face when they get their first taste.
No, this style of blogging/media/truthism is not going to work. It is like an English speaking tourist in Japan, refusing to break from mother tongue. It is ignorant, rude and narrow minded to expect anyone to understand or listen.
As they say “When in Rome….” In order to speak to the non-converted, we have to use their language, their customs, their traditions. When we can inject the truth into a point of view that identifies with their original view on truth (and we all have one) it is much easier for them to appreciate what we are saying. The further away from a particular line of thinking a concept is, then the more difficult it will be for someone to accept. We all have an inbuilt ‘bullshit meter’ , a bit of our mind that refuses to accept the information given if it doesn’t match previous experience. This can protect us but it also can get in the way of the truth if we do not present it properly. A human being is the same in any country on Earth but they wear completely different clothes depending on where they are. We are much more readily accepted if we dress like our surroundings.
So you have something to say? Be kind, clear, honest and to the point. Say it to those who don’t know it. And before you do, find out what they do know so we can build the steps from their side to ours. They won’t build those steps, as a teacher we must do that, but if we provide them then they have a good chance of walking. The current mood of teaching has taken a down turn, and yes I will ‘shoot’ the messenger, if I think they’re an idiot. Wouldn't you?
Rowan Blair Colver
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