I write about diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice at Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian. You can’t talk about any of those things without addressing communication.
Today’s update features a collection of 5 notes with important considerations for communication.
Is Saying Everything Happens For A Reason Helpful or Harmful? My Answer: It Depends On Who You’re Talking To
“I recently read an article called “Everything Doesn’t Happen for A Reason” that offered an interesting perspective on how the words “everything happens for a reason” can invalidate feelings and experiences and cause harm instead of comfort.
Check it out for yourself…”
“When I think about how we believe that some people think 17+49=9, I am reminded of the cycle of socialization and how each of us, even within “the social justice movement” have bought into some belief systems that are problematic; that we have bought into some narratives that have instilled a belief in our own superiority in one way or another, and we too need to unlearn some things in order to get to liberation; for others as well as ourselves.”
“I reflect on two ways in which we can get in our own way in terms of meeting this goal: Egocentrism and Ethnocentrism.”
“Some might say “double-check”, others may prefer the term reality check, or reality testing, but it really boils down to taking time to stop and think about how we think and feel about what we think may be happening, match it up with what we know from before, and be able to ask ourselves the question “is this really the case, or am I missing something here?”
“In my own life and work I can say that I’ve been both, and have needed someone to be both of the positive aspects of these two roles for me at different times.”
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW