I have been looking at things through my cynic glasses and it seems sometimes that there are more things in general that I dislike then like.I am yet to take a tally but was one thing that was passing through my mind just now.
There is this group in our uni that is suppossed to be helping create awareness about AIDS.So I went for my first meeting last week.So first of all the meeting starts late so I had to sit in the coffee shop looking lost.The group was like 3 other people.The meeting was suppossed to be one hour long but the chic leading the meeting spent all that time dotting (blithering) over stuff that could have been covered in 15 minutes.In the past when I have been part of small committees we have worked efficiently,fast with minimal lip service.Frankly I dislike meetings where everyone is made to talk and people get chatty saying lost of uneccesary things that do not add any information of value to the meeting and simple lead to people running down bunny trails ( derailment ).When I am in meetings usually I don't say much, I prefer to gauge everyone's points and then give my opinion after hearing what they have said after taking what is useful from what they have said and adding my own two cents or I may speak just to clear some glaring oversight or too answer questions that are directed at me and my role.In my opinion meetings should be more like military briefings where the speaker says it all simply and to the point.That is a reason why armies are so efficient they know how to disseminate information to maximum effect.So it may seem that I don't like speaking?Au contraire I do and that is why I got an A in public speaking when I was in uni and whenever I go for open forums/talks whenever I ask a question the most probable response I get is, "That is a very good question/point."
I think over time we as a society have become way to talky.People are using to many words and time to say simple things and it isn't like that has improved how effective they are in most cases.What happens when people have too much information to take in is that they only take in half of it.
Something I also dislike is people who talk to much about something ie activists but at the end of the day what they do on the ground is negligible.I have seen this in so many areas such as gender issues,politics,church.I am of the "shut up and do something ilk."That is also a reason I dislike seminars.Don't get me wrong alot of good comes from them when they operate on the grassroots level but the higher you go the more hypothetical and dreamy the solutions get.Kenya has been delivered from AIDS and poverty a thousand times over in costly seminars over the years, I remember some time in the past when President Moi said that he would put a cap on the amount of seminars that ministers could attend as they were spending more time at them then at their offices.
Hmmmm time to take this hen home to roost.What am I saying here?That I am sick of people doing more talking about problems and doing very little about them, some of the people who do the most are the most silent.Ironic I have used so many words to talk about the misuse of words.
PS:Has anyone heard that song by James Blunt called Beatiful?I think it's one of the deepest songs I have heard in a long long time.
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