When you wonder who the stranger is
How do you become a stranger? Is it a good or a bad thing? Let’s have a think about it. Yesterday, I was thinking about what would happen if we were to diverge too much from our group’s standards. Surprisingly, as an indication, Edgar Schein discusses this same theme in his book on organisational culture. My question is, is it a bad thing to become a stranger to your community?
Let’s look at what is going on around us. Although my approach is not entirely scientific, I will make some observations. Let’s take a typical residential neighbourhood in Quebec, where I am now, for example. Around my property are other properties. My neighbours are total strangers to me. I could recognise them if I was asked to identify them, but I couldn’t tell you their names or anything else about their respective lives other than what can be observed from public space.
So what is a stranger? Is it someone we know absolutely nothing about? If so, the world is full of strangers in our eyes, but there are probably none, unless we were abandoned in the wild at birth and survived.
To be continued…
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Last Updated on January 8, 2020 by Coach Danny