When communication counts.


This poster from WWII is surprising. Not for its portrayal of disaster, since that’s become mundane, but as a reminder that at one point we believed talking actually had the power to change things.

Oh right, there was the little indiscretion in Rolling Stone last week, but what difference did that make, really? Careers were ensured and careers were destroyed, and Rolling Stone made some money from someone’s pain, but we weren’t really surprised, and didn’t hear anything we didn’t know and anyway, we’re over it.

We possess endless time and appetite to over-communicate about things once they happen. So much analysis of what BP, Obama, Congress, the oil industry should be saying now to us and to each other in both these conversations (one) and (two) on good.is.

Is it only for BP’s image that they run ads with a phone number to call for help? Don’t you want to call and ask them “How could you let this happen and why don’t you shut up and fix the fucking leak?”

So much talk, still, about whether or not climate change is real, like here on treehugger.com

As a society, we spend thousands of times more energy on after-the-fact communicating than we do on the talk that could prevent these things from happening in the first place. Is it because we’re addicted to blame? Is it because it’s so much easier to have hindsight than vision? Is it because we have given up?

Have we forgotten how to use talk to change things and make a real difference? Maybe it’s when we talk about things that’s wrong, not how.

The Dalai Lama believes that this is the century of dialog. Let’s not wait for the next disaster to begin.


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