The woman writing this storm blog explains: “The way I post, is also the way I show up in the world – I just go where my energy moves me.”
Got myself going as busy as I’ve ever been, but been thinking lots about blogging in and about the community I interact with just about every day. We’re all being watched, all the time. Seems I say more about that than many, or at least, do it more publicly than most. To what end? This was the challenge I was presented with during the first get-together of the year this past Tuesday night.
I don’t know. Certainly I have some ideals regarding how we could interact, but I’m not sure how to operationalize them nor what it would be like if we did.
I also have some criticisms, mostly of the silences – how we don’t talk about latent racism or warped ways competition plays out. These are kept unspoken on the basis of socially-constructed agreements which (I argue) develop first as coping mechanisms and then become habitualized such that bringing them up is construed as violation.
The challenge, though, was (I think) about the risks of upsetting the fragile balance of agreements that keep the department feeling more collegial, friendly, and supportive for most members of it. That there might be value in this as an achievement which I have underestimated. I concede the point. :-/
And – the costs for those who feel the sting of the silences are still awfully high.