scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Perceptions, again.
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Sun Jul 09 1972 - 19:59:00 CDT
Remember a few weeks ago when we were discussing "perception" vs
May I share this vignette with you on that topic?
The other night we were at a dinner party; two or three of the guests we
knew well; most of the others we either knew slightly or had never met.
At one point, the discussion turned to the longevity of batteries (radio
and computer and flashlight) and the fact that they choose to die at the
world's least convenient times. I mentioned that the one in the radio I
keep in the kitchen for emergencies chose to die just as they were
beginning to read "the Supreme Court decision" and that I had raided
another piece of equipment for a temporary battery.
The reaction was informative. A lot of them *assumed* I was talking about
the Boy Scout decision. A lot *assumed* I had meant the abortion
decision. The rest had a third decision in mind. All groups chimed in
with their personal opinions about the decision they thought I meant. It
was an edifying few minutes, and no one EVER got around to asking which it
was I had meant.
Notice that there was NOTHING in the surrounding conversation that would
have clued anyone in to which decision I had in mind -- all parties simply
ASSUMED I meant the decision of most interest to themselves. And, as it
happens, the one I was interested in wasn't any of those.
(For the statistically inclined -- vote on all decisions was 50/50;
arguments pro and con all issues boiled down to "it isn't right"; and
civility was much in evidence.)