Dealing with expectations, we’re always confronted by them. They are coupled to, if not driven by habit, by conditioning. It’s here in our intention to have weekly conversations.
Intention is how we aim attention. Judgment intersects with perception. Intention sets the stage for action. But, we are drawn back into incoherence when we expect intention to have weight.
“Of course intention has weight, have I no will?”
Ah, yes, but….
Before this last Sunday’s conversation Jeppe shared a link to Anthony McCann and Dougald Hine’s talk in Västerås, Sweden on Anthony’s Politics of Gentleness. It proved to be a useful… shall I say helpful prod. In no small part by the way in which delving into Anthony’s language provided a different way to look at our own considerations. Case-in-point, the distinction he makes between useful and helpful.
This is not the place to analyze or explain Anthony’s work in depth. But I would like to delve into a few points and how they influenced our dialogue.
A tag-line is intended to convey an impression, a first impression of what lies within.
Brevity wrestles with legibility and it can be hard to tell which one wins out.
We are expected to know what to say. To know what to do. To have a plan…
But we are hit by moments of pause. It’s becoming increasingly clear there’s something terribly wrong with this entire way of operating.
We’re unaccustomed to interactions without goals. We expect an agenda. We look to judge worth based on expectations met. This strategy appears to work, on the surface, but there are serious problems if this mode of action absorbs all our attention. It turns us into machines when we treat everything as a cog to be tuned to some high, but arbitrary efficiency.