"oh my god, you’re seriously going to pay college kids $15 an hour to flip burgers? get a real job!"
a real job? you mean, like, an internship at the white house?
okay, well what about the national democratic party?
what about interning at the united nations?
wow damn it’s almost like our economy functions on stealing labour from hardworking young people, regardless of whether their jobs are “real” or not
And then [Vimes] realized why he was thinking like this.
It was because he wanted there to be conspirators.
It was much better to imagine men in some smoky room somewhere, made mad and cynical by privilege and power, plotting over the brandy.
You had to cling to this sort of image, because if you didn’t then you might have to face the fact that bad things happened because ordinary people, the kind who brushed the dog and told their children bedtime stories, were capable of then going out and doing horrible things to other ordinary people.
It was so much easier to blame it on Them.
It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was Us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No-one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them.
We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things."
— Terry Pratchett, Jingo (via captainofalltheships)
Interaction is necessary for communication. Communication is necessary for Negotiation. Negotiation in good faith establishes expectations of behavior. This facilitates trust, which is necessary for healthy relationships.
Interaction is the requisite for communication. If you aren’t interacting in some way, even indirectly, communication isn’t possible. Hence, communication arises out of repeated interaction. It is more than just the words one says, but also the context in which they are said, and the actions that accompany them. Those that interact can be said to be in a relationship with each other, even if only a casual one, or even an adversarial one. The kind of interaction determines the kind of relationship. The frequency of interaction and the stakes of that interaction also determine the nature of the communication and the relationship produced.
Communication is a good thing. It is good because it facilitates negotiation and the terms and interaction between parties. By way of communication, parties learn about their shared conceptual landscape, and learn how to navigate through it. Over time, consistent, open, honest communication, both verbal and non-verbal, builds expectations of the others’ behavior. Trust is an extension of these expectations.
Negotiation is a good thing. It is good because, when it is done in good faith, it helps parties to decide on terms of interaction and ways of allocating resources, and for those terms and allocation schemes to adapt over time as the parties, their goals and circumstances change, the better to create a more hospitable environment for all involved in said negotiations. By way of negotiation, parties decide how to work together, making something from the sum of their efforts they could not have made on their own.
Interaction, communication, and negotiation, used in concert, build trust, which gives both sides free space within which to operate, so long as the norms established are kept to.
At least, that’s what seems to be how it works.
These are incomplete thoughts. Will come back to this.