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Getting people on the same page, or as others call it “bringing them along in the journey” is critical to getting buy-in to your vision. And one of the keys to communicating a future vision, plan, or change is to give people context. As the leader, you were probably involved in the decision-making process, sitting through all sorts of meetings and conversations during which ideas were shared. You know the history that led to the decision being made the way it was. But what about everyone else?
Being the manager for a project or team, one often overlooks communicating what is obvious and intuitive to you, but can seem like a mystery to those working with you. Providing clarity involves a delicate balance between keeping it simple and addressing real-world complexities. Leaders who master this tricky communication are good at explaining their rationale, and structuring messages so they are clearly understood.
Explaining the rationale behind a vision means providing explanations. If people aren’t given explanations, they are likely to unintentionally make them up. By explaining your rationale, your team will understand where they are going, why they are going there, and what the expectations are. If you operate with a “need to know” mentality, it’s likely that people won’t have the information they need to buy in emotionally and rationally to your vision.
In the learning path I had this year in this area, I was fortunate to have a couple of meaningful conversations, I reall special learning from the European Sales Director of a former employer: Effective leaders also make sure they are structuring their messages so people can easily understand them, and so they can be repeated and shared with others. But structuring messages takes time, and you might be thinking, “I’m great at communicating clearly. I don’t need to take the time to structure my message—I’ll just wing it!” But think about how it feels to be handed a mess of information and be expected to figure it all out. I lived there in the last year, as I am sure most people do. Meandering, unfocused communication leaves people wondering whether their manager has his/her act together. On the other hand, well-structured messaging says, “Here’s a leader who knows where he’s taking us.”. So how can one become more clear?
- Find the “headline” of your message—you should be able to boil it down to eight words or fewer.
- Create talking points that balance the big picture and the details.
- Refer back to your message repeatedly over time.
What, Who, How and Why? What is the closest milestone you need to achieve from a “smaller” meeting that will help you achieve a larger goal?
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The first time I encountered an artwork by Joseph Beuys was at the Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf during the visit of an American friend that is absolutely worth a deep conversation and a decent pick at his brains. Up until that point I had been sceptical about conceptual art and ignorantly I was predisposed to call the whole thing a big joke. And what I learnt in that Saturday night as the largest exposition of his works was for the first and maybe last time in his native town is that his proposition was that art should not be judgedby the quality of the craftsmanship, but by the quality of the idea – the concept.
Yes, all right, but the idea has to be more than a one-line joke. It needs to have substance and depth; it has to have something important to say. I hadn’t witnessed any conceptual art that had succeeded in doing this until I came across Beuys’s Homogenous Infiltration for Piano, which is part of the Pompidou’s permanent collection. To make this artwork, Beuys covered a grand piano in felt: legs, pedals, keys lid, case – the lot. Then, on one side of the piano, towards the end where the width reduces, he had stitched a red cross. It’s a strange work. Beuys was a strange guy.
Beuys made his strangeness part of his practice. As far as he was concerned his life and his work were indistinguishable, both packed full of symbolism. None of which I knew when I first saw Homogeneous Infiltration for Piano, which meant that my first response was to laugh – it’s totally daft to cover a piano in felt. I mean, why was absolutely everything covered in fat and felt? Before my conversation with Jeff it made little sense. After 50 years you could easily say much of the stuff looked almost disgusting. A chair with a big chunk of fat on it? A subway station entrance flooded with the stuff?
With all the fat and felt, Beuys made out of himself a one brand man (while wearing a hat of course made out of felt) and unequivocally a loud voice of the post-war Germany, as a politician, an academic and an activist fighting for the free access to education, to art.
I loved Beuys since and not only for our shared love of rabbits. What I understood from that point on, is that Beuys took into his work a different dimension that no one else had: Time; and that was the whole point of his choice in materials. Joseph Beuys’ pieces are in constant evolution, continuous organic change, an unknown outcome that is never to come to an end.
Beuys survived a plane crash in 1940, he only survived because some Tartars found him unconscious in the snow and took him back to their tents to care for him. They covered his body in fat and wrapped him in felt to keep him warm being this the awakening of his creativity.
I invite you to search for his name on Google images. Despite the often sorrowful look in his eyes in most portraits in this first very cold morning of the German winter, I feel Beuys as a source of inspiration once again hopeful, joyful looking to create a positive impact for the world. Please enjoy the translation of: How to be an artist.
Stay loose. Learn to watch snails.
Plant impossible gardens. Invite someone dangerous to tea.
Make little signs that say yes! and post them all over your house.
Make friends with freedom and uncertainty.
Look forward to dreams. Cry during movies.
Swing as high as you can on a swingset, by moonlight.
Cultivate moods. Refuse to be “responsible“.
Do it for love.
Take lots of naps.
Give money away. Do it now. The money will follow.
Believe in magic. Laugh a lot.
Celebrate every gorgeous moment.
Have wild imaginings, transformative dreams, and perfect calm.
Draw on the walls. Read every day.
Imagine yourself enchanted.
Giggle with children. Listen to old people.
Open up. Dive in. Be free.
Drive away fear.
Play with everything. Entertain your inner child.
You are innocent. Build a fort with blankets.
Get wet. Hug trees.
Write love letters.
…and dance as much as you can!
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Interesting conversations with senior executives in multiple organizations have brought me to thinking of alignment and coherence again. Often times the misalignment shouts at your face despite spending only a short time in these conversations.
Bill George, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, and former CEO of Medtronic says, “The most empowering condition of all is when the entire organization is aligned with its mission, and people’s passions and purpose are in synch with each other.”
Within an organization, if teams don’t have synchronization, they will be completing tasks without bringing together passion and goals. Alignment conserves time and energy by making sure everyone knows what they’re supposed to be doing and why. It’s about getting both emotional and rational buy-in to a vision. Alignment also provides a forum for questions and concerns, giving everyone an opportunity to feel a sense of ownership in the vision. And alignment unites and excites people around a vision.
There is nothing sadder than an organization full of outstanding individuals but with poor leadership, they lose a sense of purpose when the lack of direction and vision are close to not existing. True leaders, having a clear understanding of what “building alignment” even means in the context of leadership are rare, and it is them we nostalgically talk about when we remember “that guy, one of the best managers I ever had”.
Effective leaders understand that alignment is not something to check off a to-do list. Alignment is a dynamic, ongoing process that requires continual monitoring and realigning as conditions and needs change.
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I’ve learned the value of learning, growing and listening to others both personally and professionally. There’s value in hearing best practices, advice and other’s strategies especially when it comes to talent recruiting. Unfortunately, each businesses staffing, retention and hiring challenges are unique and there is no “one-size-fits-all” strategy.
The discussion that’s happening around the perfect one size fits all recruiting strategy is interesting because it just doesn’t exist in today’s recruiting world. Within companies of all sizes and locations, recruiting teams, managers, and executives all struggle to hire and retain the best talent. The fact that is your size and location create their own unique challenges when it comes to hiring.
Understanding your company’s challenges is the first step into being able to recruit more effectively while overcoming hiring issues. Smaller companies have a harder time attracting top-level candidates because they’re not able to offer all the perks that more established companies bring to the table or in the case of companies established in a new market, the reputation powerful brands have. On the reverse, larger companies can struggle with being able to offer top talent career paths or customized roles that suit their ambitions.
It has definitely not been the same to hire highly qualified and specialized people for a house hold brand internet giant with all resources imaginable as it has been to hire people with the same hiring bar for an unknown firm in a market where they are recently established and where there resources were extremely scarce.
Before you can start evaluating working trends you must start researching. As with any project you undertake you must first research the issues that your company faces in your talent acquisition strategy. Whether it is that your location is dense with competitors or you don’t have available resources to deliver the same amount of perks or compensation. Find out a list of what’s working based on industry trends by researching then conduct these four methods of evaluation:
Company employee surveys: One of the easiest and most honest ways of obtaining feedback is conducting an employee survey. The survey can be private so you’re able to collect honest feedback. This’ll give you direct insight into how your employees feel about the direction and overall culture for your company. This will help you improve tactics to better your organization making talent acquisition much easier.
Focus group research: The use of focus groups to evaluate current practices and standards for your company will help understand the importance in a collectively thought-out environment.
Benchmarking: If you’re going to implement changes within your organization its important to do so in a manner that allows you to see real results. Benchmark where you were prior to implementing better methods of talent acquisition strategies. This will allow you to understand the benefit or risks based on new strategies.
Colleagues in the industry: Look our for experienced friends that are open to conversation. 9 out of 10 times they’ll even give you personal advice on what has worked for them or they’ll point you in the right direction.
Finding the perfect fit for your company takes research, planning, evaluating, and sometimes repeating all of those. Look for industry standards, but don’t take them at face value because one thing that might hurt a company could potentially be very beneficial for your company. For instance, take a look at your content marketing strategy and make it one that excels. Companies stand out when they address candidates in a way that resonates with them and work on providing a candidate experience that emphasizes the qualities and uniqueness of the company.
“Follow your passion”
Often times it is something small and idle that triggers the big questions. Today I felt the world bombed me with these three words to inevitably get me to think.
How many of you have ever considered quitting your job to pursue your passion? Especially when you are miserable at work?
Every now and then, one gets the feeling of being in a role and an environment that are not a good fit. It is easy then to get tempted to believe that if you just quit and follow your passion, you will be happy.
Problem is then for many, that you actually don’t know whether what you think is your passion is just a hobby or it could be a real career.
Personally, as I don’t have children, or something larger than myself that I can dedicate my time to, the idea to stop working all together and not have a career at all (or at least a solid project to follow through) makes me feel guilty for my very existence. Looking back, I am glad I didn’t just quit the miserable job. Instead, I worked on a transition plan and focused on finding a purpose where my passion and skills could be put to use to help fill a need in this world.
No clapping yet. I think I am getting close to something but as most in my generation, I am still trying to figure it out. My level of generosity and maturity is nowhere close to where others’ is.
It’s not about Passion, it is about Purpose
People are often mistaken in the belief that in order to be happy, they need to pursue their “passion.” This belief is further reinforced by our millennial generation entering the workforce today , who proselytize to pursue our passion (I oftentimes consider myself a millennial although truth to be told I think I might be squeezed between them and whatever was there before).
There also seems to be a clear distinction between what constitute “non-passionate” careers—businessmen, lawyers, bankers—and “passionate” careers—teachers, writers, artists. And here we can go again to the discussion of Gender, being a woman in a “non-passionate” career path, or being a man in a “passionate” career can get tricky, not only in the workplace but also in the general societal perception someone not in the norm gets.
As young or as old as you want to consider me to be, I have learned I can safely laugh at any of these prejudices even if I sometimes confirm them.
I believe this type of thinking is flawed because time and again, it has been shown that in order to be happy, both men and women need to have a purpose in life. There is a difference between having a purpose and a passion or hobby as I am lately coming to conclude in great detail. For example, just because someone likes writing, it does not necessarily mean he/she will make a successful career as a published author.
Instead of confusing passion, hobby and career, I suggest people focus on finding a purpose—finding ways to leverage your passion and skills to fill a need in the world. Notice that I chose my words carefully—fill a need, not solve a problem (!). Filling a need means working towards something that is useful for others, which may or may not solve their problems in the strictest sense.
For example, Facebook fills people’s need to be connected and entertained, which makes them happy, even though it may or may not solve their problems and bring them or not some others. Finding a solution to climate change fills a need for others and solves one of the world’s biggest problems. Thus, filling a need can run the gamut from creating useful apps for the iPhone to solving the world’s biggest problems such as poverty, education, health care, climate change, sustainability, et cetera.
Looking at the Best Reward and Getting It
Something important I learnt from 8 years working in the professional non for profit sector (AIESEC) is that people who are working hard to fill a need and solve the biggest problems are often compensated in the biggest ways, not just in financial terms, but also in terms of human satisfaction.
Filling a need shifts the focus from you to others. It shifts the conversation from what you like to do (having a passion or hobby) to how you can be a valuable contributor in helping society fills its needs (having a purpose). This paradigm shift in thinking is quite empowering as it shifts the frame of reference from the self to how we can help others. People become less self-absorbed and ironically, more likely to be genuinely happy. Don’t you sometimes find that you’re happiest when you don’t think too much about how to become happy?
The good news is that there are a lot of big needs in this world to fill. Each of us has the unique skills to fill some subsets of these biggest needs. Which ones resonate with you?
In my personal opinion (considering that I am usually as life confused as the next one) there are a few things you can do to try to figure this out:
1- Broaden your horizon and network with others who may be working to fill a need and solve big problems.
2- Look to fill a need or solve problems with which you can personally identify.
3- Develop emotional maturity to realize that the world does not revolve around you.
We don’t find true happiness by focusing on ourselves, but we do by connecting with and helping others.
True happiness comes from the intersection of doing what we love, what we’re good at, and what the world needs. The easiest is to focus on the first, try to combine it with the second and most importantly, the last.
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In the last few days, as the key question revolving in my head is how to convert mobile views to the few career sites existing into applications in the multiple tracking systems there are there (which user experience I consider absolutely horrible by the way) came the celebration of Ada Lovelace day, and after almost two years of extreme exposure to the topic of women in technology, the multiple tweets on the matter were ever more visible. Some of them shared stories of women in the industry after having experienced sexual abuse, while others were trying not to be seen in the light of a victim. I couldn’t help but wondering how many see this issue as something real and how many others consider it an issue because they are told to. How many are just caring about a ratio rather than a shift of paradigm?
In the midst of all this I came to the point I usually come to. If it is true than in most organizations and countries in the world women have a harder way to go than men (I have been blessed to never have suffered this type of discrimination in my environment or maybe lucky enough to have developed a thick skin for it since early in life), it is often women who have to start with that shift in paradigm that many expect of men but as women, no everyone have shifted all the way.
After a number of tweets, I started looking at the broader spectrum of the global gender conversation that is going on to be reminded that sadly, often times, it is not only other women who hurt women the most, but in many cases its ourselves; And by this I do not dismiss the men-women problem that is there, or the pain suffered by those with bitter experiences in the past not only women, but also gay and transexual individuals.
In any case, I took a jump into the old stuff as this period in life lately inspires me to and I decided to share the following: Some thoughts from a lost author that in my individual quest of femininity (not to be confused with feminism) and self mean and meant something, some day.
I hope it brings you through the journey of despair, solitude, discovery, acceptance, love and empowerment it once brought me through.
I know girls that are trying to fit into the social norm, like squeezing into their prom dress. Some are low rise, mac eyeshadow, and binge drinking, that wonder if they’re disaster and sexy enough to fit in. They are fleeing bombs from the mosques of their skin, playing russian roulette with death; it’s never easy to accept that our bodies are fallible and flawed but when do we draw the line? When the knife hits the skin? Isn’t it the same thing as purging?
We’re so obsessed with death, some just have more guts than others. The interesting thing is women like us don’t shoot, don’t make no hood, we swallow pills, still wanting to be beautiful at the morgue, still proceeding to put on make-up, still hoping that the mortician finds us attractive, we might as well be buried with our shoes, and handbags and scarves. We flirt with death every time we etch a new tally mark into our skin. I know how to split my wrists like a battlefield too but the time has come for us to reclaim our bodies.
Our bodies deserve more than to be war-torn and collateral, offering this mess as a pathetic means to say, ”i only know how to exist when i’m wanted”. Girls like us are hardly ever wanted, we’re used up and sad and drunk and perpetually waiting by the phone for someone to pick up and tell us that we did good.
So try this: Take your hands over your bumpy naked body and remember the first time you touched someone with the sole purpose of learning all of them, touched them because the light was pretty on them, and the dust in the sunlight danced the way your heart did. Touch yourself with a purpose, your body is the most beautiful royal. Fathers and uncles are not claiming your knife anymore are not your razor, no put the sharpness back. Lay your hands flat and feel the surface of scarred skin.
I once touched a tree with charred limbs, the stump was still breathing but the tops were just ashy remains, I wonder what it’s like to come back from that. Sometimes i feel a forest fire erupting from my wrists and the smoke signals sent out are the most beautiful things i’ve ever seen. Love your body the way your mother loved your baby feet and brother, arm wrapping shoulders, and remember, this is important:
- You are worth more than who you fuck
- You are worth more than a waistline
- You are worth more than any naked body could proclaim in the shadows, more than a man’s whim or your father’s mistake
- You are no less valuable as a size 16, than a size 4
- You are no less valuable as a 32A than a 36C
Your sexiness is defined by concentric circles within your wood; wisdom. You are a goddamn tree stump with leaves sprouting out: reborn.
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This is something I wrote about back in April 2009… I had a look at it and made me think for a bit on the worries and woes of the world. If my life does look about 300% different than then (I see a certain naiveté on the way I used to write) the world looks… the same. Sad Certainly.
This story is what constituted in the end, the beginning of Calderon’s war against the cartels and what indeed has brought more deaths to the country than at any moment the swine flu worldwide did. The irony.
From Peaceful Disconnection to a World in Crisis (Day one)
You live a bit in your own world. It started happening since you finished your active work in that non for profit. You take time off. Not only because almost ten years of work exhaust you and you take some weeks or even months off everything, but everything seems to slow down… there is no longer a need to be on top of hundreds of E-mails in your inbox, many phone calls and meetings throughout the day, exciting and yet draining business travel; somehow you no longer need to be on top of everything important happening in the world; and as everything slows down as you realize the weight of responsibility is gone, your attention slowly shifts: Leaving your mobile home, checking your mail once a day and skipping the news for few days or even weeks is no longer lethal, and that old set of things that you put on hold for a long time become the base of your every day.
Sometimes you miss the old days… So many nice, intelligent, and absolutely extraordinary people, different places, the constant fix you got of excitement and change, the sense of meaning and fulfillment you had through your job, but to be honest, after you got over the withdrawal symptoms of this life, you got used to the new life you have, and as your job only pays the bills, you started looking for that sense of meaning and fulfillment somewhere else, in your relationships, in keeping your body and mind in a good state, but most of all, on enjoying the present minute by minute as it was the last. It is funny to realize that it is only now that you can finally achieve a life intensity few get to have, and even more important you have learned to manage it, through the ups and downs of this new life, overall you feel in harmony. In the past you lived life so fast and so intensely that you learned there is truth to the saying: A bullet doesn’t kill, the speed does. And there was no much of the present more than the pain of a broken heart and betrayal on your face because in your head there was only the future…
Today seemed like any other day in this new life. You woke up on the side of the person you love, the Sun is shining outside and as you share breakfast, as you hope you will do for the rest of your life if there really is something as life long unconditional love, he turns on the news… BBC is on its daily ranting of nothing but bad news… bombs in Iraq, multinationals doing their usual financial up and down – more downs that ups lately-, corruption here and there an ad about a show “cooking in conflict zones”… You wonder once again how the world got to this point. Ingredients: One liter of water (of the water you carried on your bare shoulders for 20 km under the scalding Sun) one cup of rice (that you bought with your entire weekly earnings), boil the rice (in an 50 year old super dirty pan you found in a dump), after 20 minutes it will taste like the authentic meal of a displaced person in a refugee camp?
But there is something about today that is different, suddenly the news focus on your country, for more than a minute –normally your country won’t do anything noticeable by the international community-… it seems a deathly virus is spreading in the same place where you were born, that place that only gets some of your thoughts because your entire family is there and because in the end, it doesn’t matter how many places you’ve seen, how many places you have lived in, and that you call a different country home, there is always a spark in your heart about this place that will easily turn into a flame in case it is necessary. The unconditional love you feel for this piece of sometimes forsaken land has taken you as far as to only accept the citizenship of your new home if you can keep the old one. The stain of history it left in you, the stain it left in your history is undeniable.
What is really going on? (Day one to seven)
And there it is, the BBC, showing apocalyptic images of Mexico City. Soldiers are handing out masks to avoid the airborne infection that seems to be killing hundreds, in the largest urban population in this world. It seems to have mutated from pigs and no one knows if there is a cure or vaccine, which is also as a matter of fact, because the virus A/H1N1 is actually originated in birds and pigs were just a nice mixing pot, funny enough in an American pig farm in Veracruz. Maybe calling it “bird flu 2” wouldn’t be marketable enough, and maybe no one wants to get into the conditions of so many animal farms worldwide. You remember the times of SARS and Ebola, where the press was frantically talking of a pandemic that never happened, and the absolute end of humankind. The announcement is made that schools will be closed. On the other hand, more than once you wondered how that massive conglomerate of people (where you grew up) was still functioning, you studied it, and in theory the mere function of this city is a miracle, it actually shouldn’t work, and you knew this would be the worst place in the world for such a crisis to strike. If it is really bad it will get nasty really fast. You never really trusted the Mexican government. You start drafting a plan to get your family out of there, financially, legally, how… fast. Suddenly you have a thought… call home and ask.
As the phone is ringing, you check Facebook and Twitter. If something of that magnitude is happening you will see it straight away, but surprisingly there is no reference to the supposed death of hundreds. As your mother picks up and you ask about the seriousness of the situation, after saying everyone home is fine, she laughs ironically. She seems happy to have the days off and even makes a joke about “building a monument to pigs”. How could there be such a huge discrepancy between what your mother is saying and what the news agencies are saying? Maybe she is protecting you, doesn’t want you to get worried, so you speak to your siblings to conclude the only thing dying in Mexico City is the inhabitants’ social life. There is no Marshall Law in place; yet, the clubs, restaurants and cinemas seem to have closed. Your siblings were afraid they would close the supermarkets… how were they supposed to get groceries then? You don’t think there is really any need to mention that the Mexican government is not prepared or has the resources to provide for 30 million people, probably no one in the world is ready for that one… You visit the website of the national news agency… Mexico City’s streets look deserted and void of life. There is panic; but the question that inevitably pops in your head is: Is this panic worth having or is someone creating it? Who would gain from this?
The Profits and Economic Impact of Panic (Day seven to ten)
The naïve or controlled news agencies are wondering why the disease is hitting much harder in Mexico than anywhere else as the first cases in other countries start to show. Why the German patient improving but the people in Mexico City is so badly hit? As the media pops this question an Earthquake hits the city, and not a light one, but no one seems to care much about that and the real impact that would have in a real outbreak of the magnitude they describe you start thinking they want you to believe this has. The main thing that lets you know what will happen next is in the market… how sad and yet how real. As the stocks of all travel companies are going to hell, the pharmaceutical companies seem to be back to their days of glory, pre credit crunch time.
You see it in the future, the governments in panic will want to cut all travel to and from Mexico (Cuba has done it, and France is pushing the EU to do it too), a vaccine will be announced to be ready to deploy in a couple of months, there will be a random death out of the country the alert will increase, in Mexico people will get even more scared and the economy of the country will be fucked, no one wants to go to work to save their lives. You are surprised that until this point no one has come with basic conclusions:
• The virus is longer incubated in Mexico.
• There was no proof as to that point in time as of what the real cause of death of many was.
• Mexicans have a strong culture of self medication. According to my friends and family, those that died, died because they got diagnosed too late, hence few foreigners die.
You arrogantly conclude that if people did proper research before panic, they would know that for those dead, there are thousands that could be infected yet they healed with timely treatment that is far from rocket science. Yes, the disease is as contagious and as manageable as a regular cold but no one stops to see it. You laugh at the silly idea of a virus for Mexicans only and have a cynical picture in your mind: Your future travel. If you dare to sneeze in an airport you will be put in quarantine, you will have to proof you haven’t been to Mexico since before the outbreak happened. Maybe you even get a special section in the plane. Yes, that’s all you needed for your life as an immigrant in Europe to be harder and Twitter, BBC and CNN will make sure it happens.
What is funnier, at the end of the day, things are so blown out of proportion that the press starts questioning itself and if they are not getting caught in the huge scandal they seem to have created. Time confirms 2000 cases and 150 deaths in Mexico alone, everyone is giving their shot at the scary story, and in the meantime Egypt started slaughtering 350’000 pigs. No one cared to listen to the Mexican Health Secretary who said they have tested 132 cases, 99 were positive 91 of which are healthy back home, making the death count eight. Maybe Time is counting the people who are scared to death by them and think their regular cough is the swine flu… Anyone can tell you the number will raise which it probably will, but it is still far from thousands and at home everyone wished things were back to normal and the local websites get loaded with tips and hints on what to do no to die bored of their mind. At least they have to take the boredom still until May 5th. Christ! Even the first “American” death was a Mexican… but let’s makes a huge show about how we all are going to die. To be truth, no one has died of swine flu abroad either. And you really dislike being asked about it, you feel disgusted by the media.
What we don’t see in the meantime… (Day ten to date)
So you decide to go online and see any other traces of the usual “disease” of the world that everyone seems to be ignoring on their fear to die.
• In Mexico itself, the senate approved the doses of several drugs as for personal use. Five grams of marihuana, 2 grams of opium, 50mg of heroine, .01mg of LSD, 40mg of crystal or methamphetamines. Is it you or this doses are extremely high? Is it you or heroine should not be considered ok to use? You have always been a liberal on this topic and this is a bit too much. So many reforms of this type are being passed in Mexico in this week and no one really cares…
• A dude killed 12 people in a school in Azerbaijan.
• Chrysler and Fiat are bankrupt.
Today you heard nothing about Iraq. Nothing about Palestine and Israel. What about Iran and North Korea? Are they also on holidays afraid of the swine flu? What would you tell others? If you are in Mexico you would wish them this utterly strange time comes to an end soon (in case of emergency you have anyways mapped a plan to extract your family from the country), may they never be as bored as they are now and hopefully at the end of it, the economy isn’t death. Take care, and go to the doctor if something out of normal, but overall to the world you wish they’d take a chill pill.
In the end you are only mad at someone the press, agencies and governments, for causing this panic of enormous proportions. If they were professionals… oh well… we’d be somewhere else, but in the era in which news comes from Twitter, there isn’t much you can ask. Let’s see for how long the Chinese whispers continue…
Can you be wrong about all this? Maybe, but you may also be right. In the end, you mom is making a monument to pigs, not knowing she should build it to birds and for everyone else you know, they are healthy trying to live life as normal as possible. You can go to bed and sleep in peace… the chances of dieing in a car crash are still higher even if there is no special report and breaking news for that.
In the end, panic is just as contagious as the regular flu.