Friday, July 29, 2005

Group Think for the Homogenously Challenged

People in groups fascinate and frighten me.

A person, two people, or three, that's fine with me. People in groups--especially homogenous groups--that gets a little dicey. People in homogenous groups can develop "group think." I'm lousy at group think. I was absent the day they taught homogenous grouping at my school. It's so outside my world view, that while I'm looking at the elephant in the room, the group might just have "group thinked" what color to paint the ceiling. How people magnetize their minds to satisfy a quest for unanimity is of compelling interest to me.

If only I could get the knack of group think. Maybe there's a book, "Group Think for the Homogenously Challenged." If I could even fake it, then I would look like one of the group. Then the group would no longer find me suspect. As one of the group, I would be forgiven my faults and applauded my virtues. I would be protected. That would be nice. It would be an illusion, but it would be nice. It's a beautiful illusion--everyone agrees, and so everyone is safe because they agree. I'd like my piece of that illusion . . . for a day or two.

I just can't seem to get my mind to bend that way. My curiosity gets in the way. I can't help but wonder what the people who aren't talking want to say.
—me strauss Letting me be


garnet david said...

I was talking with a friend about why we get along so well. He said it's because we both focus on "process" rather than "content" I think that's true about you, too.

ME Strauss said...

I think it's because we focus on the truth.