A New Narrative
Michael Rozyne concluded his lecture by stating that we don’t need to convince someone of your values, you just need to share one pragmatic common goal.
I want to pull apart the first part of that sentence. I find it interesting that most conversations I experience (if they can be called conversations) are centered on convincing someone that they are wrong and more importantly, they are limited in their thinking. Usually the person listening is assumed to disagree with the speaker’s position. Usually it is assumed that the reason the listener disagrees with the speaker is because they are lacking in some way: intelligence, sensitivity, being informed, and a willingness to see the world from another’s viewpoint. These conversations are rife with sound bytes and authoritative speech which negates opening a discussion. The end goal for the speaker seems to be to make a point and win the argument, even though this is a conversation.
When I’m the listener in this type of question, that is usually all I do. I used to think it was because I didn’t have my facts correct, or know enough to participate fully. On reflection, it is because I don’t feel safe. I don’t mind discussing things I don’t know, how do you learn? I do mind assumptions that are made of me because of the way I look or how I assumed to have voted.
Michael’s lecture cheered me, it made me hopeful that conversations can be had when we have different values as long as we share a common goal. He believes we are all capable of creating a New Narrative. I look forward to having conversations that aim to create a New Narrative on all sorts of topics. Michael’s new narrative that he encouraged us to see is that sustainably, responsibly grown and economically available produce would allow for more people to have better food to eat. This has opened me up to not being an “organic only” proponent but being open to this new type of thinking. I’m excited to see how this works with our first visit to the farmer’s market under our belt.