What is your understanding of the difference between an Advantage and a Privilege? Can either be used as a goal worth achieving? Are you prepared for what happens to you as a result of having successfully attained either?
The Weoponization Of Success
A hungry person in a community of the hungry will share stories of what life would be like to go to sleep full. A person without transportation will share stories of what life would be like once they own reliable transportation. A person with a plethora of experiences of having doors slammed in their face will share stories of what life would be like to own the building where the doors are attached. This dream life becomes the goal and for those committed to it this goal is absolutely achievable. How we understand, manage, and execute against this goal is worth examining as participants and witnesses.
A 'funny' thing happens to those who achieve their goals. The consolation prize of advantage and privilege take away from the joy and excitement of having successfully navigated the terrain of life. While advantage and privilege were never the goal, there is no denying that both were seen as barriers to being at our best. Anything can weoponized if it is used to unfairly keep others down or silence the vulnerable in their attempts to achieve the same. I am not aware of anyone dying from injuries sustained in a pillow fight. I would not recommend falling asleep next to someone holding one with malice in their heart.
What If Privilege Was The Goal?
Mark your calendars for Monday, March 15th at 1pm CST for another conversation with Deputy Peter Ehlert and I as we discuss community relations and Law Enforcement
To particulate in National Women's History Month, I am reading one book a week by Women Authors. Enjoying this book by Dr. Louann Brizendine, M.D., learning how much I know very little about.
Excerpt: '...Every brain begins as a female brain. It only becomes male eight weeks after conception, when excess testosterone shrinks the communications center, reduces the hearing cortex, and makes the part of the brain that processes intimacy twice as large'.