Series: Sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity
Looking deep into the words of a person (Mitt Romney)
by Kenneth Prince Smith
Throughout my career and personal life I have encountered several different social cultures (e.g. militant minds, hood, urban class, ultra conservative, liberals) and learned a great deal of knowledge with each one. Overtime each social experience added more knowledge and insight with identifying lines communication. Personally, I came to the conclusion that most people in each social classes demand that people speak their natural language code. What do I mean by language code? Several people speak English, but with different passions, personal history, meanings, agendas and knowledge behind the words they speak. Communication between different language codes can often cause chaotic effects or a positive learning experience.
For example: A rich Caucasian man that has been raised along with knowledge taught from generations of strong business class families may speak with more free spirited words that conveys simple solution(s). “Borrow money from your parents”. That statement suggest in a business tone; superior resources, generations of upper-class and simple solution based on personal environment. My assumption of course like most is that Mitt has never encountered financial struggle or spent quality time around anyone outside of his wealthy social class. For this reason, can he truly be empathetic to those who have? He has probably been trained by generations of wealthy mentors that anyone who doesn’t work hard is lazy. His translation of work hard could translate financial status or other things he is accustom to in his natural habitat.
My question would be... is it his fault, the parents fault, or the communities fault for his ignorance of struggle and understanding? This question is not just held accountable to the example given of Mitt Romney, but this is a good example of how communication can weigh a possible situation. Can we actually blame him for his ignorance? Does this reflect Martin Luther King’s quote “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Can people who struggle economically educate this wealthy business driven social class about struggle without strong resourceful support? Do you think Mitt is a bad person for not understanding? Also, how did Mitt Romney’s statement impact you?
My objective is to explore many scenarios of communication breakdowns and challenge the reader to give their thoughts and think how simple we misinterpret each other day to day. Note: this is not a political bash. It is a real life example.
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