Posts tagged ‘communication’

Silent Conversation (Redux)

 

Communication
Flow of thought and emotion
conveyed without words

 

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Silent Conversation (Redux)Silent Communication by G A Rosenberg

Silent Messages Sent

 

“I write you many letters with pens which are not seen. Do you receive them?”
— Emily Dickinson

 

So many words
that never pass my lips
Unexpressed thoughts
sent by heart
with unsure delivery.
So many things
I want to tell you
about mistakes made
hopes and fears
and a burning desire
to somehow make things right
to fix what’s shattered
and to turn back the clock
to times when things could have been…different
but now the words would go unheard
and messages unopened
only the love gets sent
and received?
well that’s another story
yet still.. yet still
I dream
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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Born of the CityBorn of the City by G A Rosenberg

 

Seeking Answers in a Confused SpaceSeeking Answers in a Confused Space by G A Rosenberg

 

Controversy

 

“I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

File this one under I should have known the gun was loaded. Facebook can be an interesting place where we find ourselves in the cause of making a point defending things we disagree with. Recently an acquaintance on FB (a FB acquaintance is a friend whom you don’t have much conversation with other than occasionally liking a posting by them) got himself in trouble with many people by admitting publicly in several places that he felt an attraction for young women. He did not say he ever acted on it. He just admitted to having a fetish for it. He chose among other places to post this in a bunch of groups that are associated with the Anonymous movement. One of Anonymous’s big targets is pedophiles so it was rather like wearing a gestapo uniform to a synagogue. He rather enjoyed the blowup on his profile page with assorted death threats and harangues.
I believe in protecting kids from pedophiles. It is not a crime I find condonable. Yet to me the idea of attacking someone for what they think, particularly something that they cannot help is rather a waste of time. Would I ever let him babysit for me or anyone else? I definitely would not. Do I think that he should be lauded for making such a statement? No and yet I would rather have someone identify themselves as a possible predator than to keep it secret. It would be so much easier to keep my family safe if everyone labeled themselves like household products. “Danger: May mug you.”
“Do not combine this person with alcohol”
“Texts while driving”
“Psychopathic Serial Killer”
“May be attracted towards children”
Anybody with enough self-knowledge to label themselves has saved me the trouble of trying to discern possible danger. Are they a hero? Hell no, but at least they are warning you. So many people don’t.
Kids these days in the west are raised to be incredibly savvy about this stuff. Between media and school, they are well aware of stranger danger. This is so much the case that at times I get concerned that they are raised with too much fear and paranoia. I grew up in a friendly neighbourhood and miss the fact that they are somewhat a thing of the past. Now a friendly hello to anyone may be looked upon with suspicion. Yes western civilization children are probably safer than they have been in any time in history and yet there is a price in fear and freedom that is paid for the security. It is a good balance to keep in mind.
Anyway in the conversation, I attempted to point out that this guy had committed no crime merely identified an impulse that could be considered unhealthy and that it was not worth the time and emotional energy to attack him. Of course this led to suspicion towards me (and another guy saying much the same thing) for ‘defending’ him. The next three hours of my time was spent defending a point of view I only half believed in against people who were listening to their emotions more than they were understanding any points I made.
I wasn’t defending the man. I was defending the idea that someone can’t be persecuted when a crime has not been committed. Who, reading this has not had thoughts that if acted on, would land us in prison or make us pariahs of society? We all have our shadow and our time is better spent working on ourselves than attacking others. It is all to easy to point fingers at the shit heads of the world as a way to avoid looking at our own stuff.
If we feel that a crime is beyond the pale then do things to either help the victims or prevent the crimes. Persecuting someone who is looking for the attention is feeding these impulses and not preventing them. A better form of prevention is to help these people work through their issues so they don’t end up acting out. That is not something that will happen on Facebook.
So lessons learned. If you stand in between a witch hunt and its target, you will become a target yourself. You can’t force people to see a bigger picture or to think critically. Mores the pity.
Blessings, G

 

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Life PassagesLife Passages by G A Rosenberg

 

Communication BreakdownCommunication Breakdown by G A Rosenberg

 

Connection

 

“Each story we approach in the same way, with curiosity and interest and determination to get behind the image.”
— Martin Bashir

 

What lies beneath the surface of the images I create?
What dreams cast shadows on my eyes
and transfer themselves through conscious will
upon the screen?
What meanings have I stated outright and which
are made to slip unnoticed
into the wells of imagination?
For I seek to commune on many levels
and be not merely what one sees
but what one knows within.
— G A Rosenberg

 

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War's Campfire (Eligos)War’s Campfire (Eligos) by G A Rosenberg

 

Atavistic ShadowsAtavistic Shadows by G A Rosenberg

 

Miscommunicating Confusion

 

“But how can I explain, how can I explain to you?
You will understand less after I have explained it.”
— T.S. Eliot

 

Communication between people is at best a tricky business at the best of times. When our emotions flare up it becomes near impossible. We hear things that the other person didn’t intend and what we intended to say gets garbled and comes out sideways. More sincere love may have been expressed with the words, “I hate you.” then were ever expressed with its corollary (I don’t say opposite because hate is a form of love not its opposite and that is the topic of a much longer blog entry). Yet still, how do we explain ourselves to others when we are working our feelings out for ourselves? Chances are what we’ll communicate is our own confusion and many of us are all too good at that.
Blessings, G

 

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Extradimensional MallardExtradimensional Mallard by G A Rosenberg

 

AndrealphusAndrealphus by G A Rosenberg

 

Reveal / Conceal

 

“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.”
— Donald Winnicott

 

I reveal my dreams but not too closely. First the veils need to be separated. It takes a keen eye to see through the illusion to what lies beneath. Yet in
what I choose to hide, I reveal much. Symbols that I may only partially understand dance through me and things enter in that others see that were hidden to my eyes. Thus, I reveal even as I conceal and say much when I believe myself to be the most silent. In this I am not that different from most, we all have our tells yet perhaps in my exhibitionism I am more open than most.
Blessings, G

 

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Changed in Ways She Could No Longer RecognizeChanged in Ways She Could No Longer Recognize by G A Rosenberg

 

EnfoldedEnfolded by G A Rosenberg

 

RonoveRonove by G A Rosenberg

 

Reception Uncertain (Redux)

 

Scrambled signals vie
for wandering attention
What will I receive?

 

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Reception Uncertain (Redux)Reception Uncertain (R) by G A Rosenberg