Marc you are so right about people’s reaction to change. I’ve had people congratulate for having “solid values” or being a champion of the old school based on my age and trades worker background. It’s a kind of solidarity, generational, community spirit thing that falls apart when they hear I think they are full of crap. Un-reflective people who count value in staying in one place don’t care what’s useful or better for the world, they just don’t want to rethink things, challenge themselves or even know what they are doing–how could they? Selfish false confidence.
Seems to me Maha that you approach the world like David Bohm where discourse is a dynamic medium of exchange. You give and by rights expect to get in an honest and respectful manner. People’s memorized “ideas” and stale “conversational” comments are a sign that THEY aren’t listening or being at all responsive. Authenticity scares people, they don’t know what to do because it makes them feel vulnerable. Just like change it requires new thinking and often clumsiness.
Making yourself available has a price.