understand the minute issues of being different. The US is definitely a country much more used to diversity, but there is a lot more education needed.
Never thought of these minute issues, when I was part of the majority population in India. Never once wondered what some of the minorities had to deal with. Now I can relate to it better.
For those diversity training experts, my suggestion is - unless people live as a minority (with your family/kids), you never truly understand it.…
o are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. - Douglas Adams
It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority.Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. - Giordano Bruno, burned at the stake 1600…
th you on several points made about the need for freedom of expression. The fact that we can have this discussion publicly is testament to the power of that right.
But my Danger! flags went up when you said,
“John, I would appreciate us to be “nicer” on this site? But who is to dictate what is nice or what isn’t…”
Your words contain a strong implication that because no one has the right to define “nice” for everyone, the group can’t come to a collective decision about rules of engagement for all, and consequences for not doing so.
Nowhere on John’s list did I read “Be Nice.” This is what I understood in his post:
1. Posts are words. Don’t forget there’s a person behind the post.
2. Don’t be intentionally hurtful in what you say.
3. Choose the correct tools in the community to express yourself.
4. Use good judgment about when a conversation should move offline.
5. Find ways to meet in person – which leads us right back to number 1.
You speak a lot about individual rights, Karen, and I appreciate your perspective because it tends to make me think and test my own assumptions. Rights, however, are a by-product of a democracy; so what is democracy? The Princeton dictionary defines it in several ways, but the definition most applicable to this conversation, I think, is this:
Majority rule. The doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group.
Like it or not, every human community creates structure for its inhabitants. From our bloody birth as a country, the great and ongoing debate in our (US) culture has been the boundary between individual and collective rights. You espouse the laws that protect freedom of speech, but who created those laws? That’s right: the majority, through the power we give to those that we ourselves choose to represent us.
Those laws are there to create boundaries, or consequences, for the actions of those who overstep the bounds of acceptable behavior. Acceptable to whom, you might ask? That’s right: the majority within that community. If I don't side with the majority, then it seems to me I have two options:
1. Accept the will of the majority; or
2. Work to create change through influencing others.
Either way, I think that John’s post simply put a spotlight on the issue of how we interact together; it was a call to self-management to allow continued freedom of speech here in this community. And frankly, I can’t find a thing in there to disagree with. I’m surprised that you can.…
may now be a majority in the workforce, and the recession is hitting men far more than women.
And let's leave Obama out of it - although he pays his Senate staffers less if they are women then if they are men, and seems to think "sweetie" is an appropriate term for a female professional. As for Michelle, her $300,000 a year hospital administrator job had nothing to do with the million dollar earmark given to her hospital appropriated by, then Senator Obama.
I'm armed to the teeth and ready to dialogue!…
a majority of people sitting in the wagon to be pulled, and minority of people pulling it.
This will work great till they run out of other peoples' money to spend providing everything to everyone, including jobs killing Obamacare adding up to 12K per employee per year to employee premium costs. We needed private sector jobs, the president gives us government healthcare.
If things economically improve, it will be despite Obama not because of him.…
ers are bad, so what good will it do to achieve a consensus?
The problem with trying to regulate an industry of mavericks is that mavericks don't like being regulated... and, at least theoretically, it would clearly be in the best interests of inferior recruiters to band together to prevent more successful recruiters from conducting business the way they like, at least potentially.
It's not that it's a bad idea, but you might find that most of the best recruiters aren't interested in letting other people tell them how to do their job.
"A camel is a horse designed by a committee." -- old saying.…