My writer friend Dennis from ‘south of the border’ just said that what I wrote was an expression of frustration with governmental officials. The same scenario is played out in small towns, villages, school boards, and big government not only in Ontario but south of the border, as well. Thank you Dennis..
People do not like advice, plain and simple. I don’t like it either, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t take it. It seems as if a lot of people in power pick and choose what already fits their preconceived ideas in our fair town. Ultimately, people see the world through the lenses that they’re wearing, and changing lenses is no easy thing for most of us.
I have seen many dualistic positions in Carleton Place lately and it’s getting worse. This morning I have realized that the “we are right and everyone else is wrong” attitude might never change here. Few in power or on local boards want to ‘hear anything’ when someone shares anything negative or unacceptable. Instead of listening and evaluating the perceptions of an individual, the powers to be prefer to defend themselves and place the negativity label on those that complain.
Ego also plays a big role in whether someone will take and implement advice or not. It seems to be the “you want what you want when you want it”, and most become confrontational or defiant when they don’t get it. Any absence of an interest in what others are probably thinking and feeling is called a barrier to listening. The Great Barrier Reef now officially exists in this town.
Back in the summer of 2011, Netflix ignored their customers and didn’t listen to them. By splitting its DVD and streaming businesses and effectively increasing prices by 40% they lost a whopping 800,000 subscribers. Their stock price fell to less than half its previous value, and the company became one of the 10 most hated companies in America. Carleton Place may not be a Forbes 100 company but animosity is growing each day and can animosity ever be a policy for success?
Author’s Note– if I sound sad in this essay I am. I truly care about this town –make no mistakes about it.