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Welcome to another episode of Dear Krachel, a monthly advice segment where we answer listener questions about life, career, relationships, existential angst, and anything that helps you become a more whole, fulfilled version of yourself.
The theme this month ended up being “salty and cynical” (Rachel loved it). On this episode, we’re answering questions from:
- Another Rachel, who hijacks Rachel Rants for a bit to say that everyone who hasn’t hired her yet is a rude doofus, even though she’s got a TON of experience and deserves to be given a chance. Why do potential employers keep tossing her to the curb??
- Elise, who has a theory that the more self-aware you are, the more you start to notice that people sort-of-kind-of … suck? How can she deal with the annoying unconscious masses at work and in the wider world?
We also begin the episode reflecting on what the two of us have been discussing, behind the scenes, about how we can each use our voices and influence to make the world a better, easier place to live in for the friends, clients, coworkers, and followers who haven’t enjoyed the privilege that we have. Neither of us want to just talk about it; we want to be about it.
If you’re in the boat of “person who wants to be about it but doesn’t know how,” we encourage you to listen. And we also encourage everyone to share with us your strategies and advice, so we can learn and grow together. Leave us a comment below after you’ve listened.
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Your discussion in response to Elise’s inquiry reminds me so much of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Here is a link to an excellent rendition of it:
It’s amazing how little things have changed since this was written so many years ago…
I’d never heard of that before now! I agree, It’s amazing how the human experience is fundamentally very similar to what it’s always been. That could be a comfort, or a cause for unease, depending on how you look at it. I tend to think it’s a comfort!
That’s what intrigues me so much about Greek philosophy. Human nature hasn’t changed in over 2400 years. What they wrote about then is just as true today.
The Allegory of the Cave is so rich. It demonstrates how people’s belief systems are a product of their environment and experiences. And if the fallacies of those beliefs are exposed, the initial response is disbelief and resistance to change.
And in the story, the person would need to be dragged against their will into the light and initially would be blinded by it until adaptation could occur and the person could see clearly.
And then, subsequent to their revelation, if they attempted to return to their old environment to share their newfound understanding, they would no longer be well adapted to function in that old environment, they would not be well received, they would certainly would be laughed at and may even be harmed.
And while the Allegory does not specifically address this, it begs the question: Would such a person then have a moral obligation to share their new found understanding with the others, knowing that they would not be well received and may even be harmed?
The Allegory is so telling about human nature and there is so much in this account to ponder. That’s why it’s one of my favorites.
The “obligation” part is interesting, because I’d say that no, no one is obligated to share anything. Will many, of their own free will, just naturally WANT to share? Yes. And I think we might have a responsibility, if not an obligation, to share what we know. And, we can’t have any expectations that people will listen or be changed, because that only happens when someone is totally ready to take responsibility for themselves!