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…selective outrage

September 1, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

I am often reminded of how people react, when times are tough…when times actually get tough. How the same situation can be perceived differently depending on a person’s subjective ways (yep – another constant theme in my writings) and how they behave in a perceived authority vacuum. As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac start to recede from NOLA, I recall certain elements of the press making some interesting comments regarding individuals trying to survive (and thrive) during Katrina.

Same scenario, different types of people…praise for one….outrage for the other – right outrage but for the wrong reason.

“Look at those people looting, have they no shame for doing this to their own community!”…..”It is heartbreaking but motivating to see the resourcefulness of these brave foragers.”

So I got to thinking…with my abstract little brain…without getting into the obvious elephant in the room, that is 10 feet tall, on fire and yelling “pay attention to me!!!”

Individuals had an opportunity (free crap), a need (to be debated) and a situation (disaster, whereas security was compromised)….the Social Contract was broken.

The lesson here is what motivates individuals and how they react when there is no (apparent) consequence to their action (perceived authority vacuum). Some do indeed loot and do harm to one another while others forage to survive and try to retain their persona. The point is we never truly know what we are capable of until we are presented with the opportunity, a need and a situation.

Are you a forager or a looter?

…make wise choices,

-sk

  1. Wagner
    September 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

    What a wise post. I have a “friend” who works at an organization with a very ineffective leader and therefore no consequences to pretty much any violation of organizational norms. This has causes two situations: 1. Ego runs amok with people directing based on personal ambition and desires. 2. There are other people who have risen to fill the gap in leadership. This creates chaos with both groups conflicting – limiting growth and resulting in a lot of frustration. Not to mention that the leader feels his power and authority is being usurped by rising leaders.
    Great blog. I really enjoy it.
    N

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