Sunday, 25 March 2018

Leadership and Readership

Whenever anyone associated with Villa Twakinilkawt, or with any of its associated entities, expresses a purported liking for anything, that is not necessarily an endorsement of the subject matter or its presentation.

In social media terms, to like an idea or expression is essentially meaningless.  It merely indicates that the item in question may require further investigation by truly enlightened beings.

In terms of leadership, each patron of the work here acts as a choregos.  Any patron is meant to provide encouragement by doing so.

If you are a patron, do you supply leadership to a readership?

Do you also help a readership to supply leadership?

Any readership requires leadership in order to ascertain whether the readers comprehend a written work as intended, either by the author(s) or by any person(s) seeking to ensure the readers understand the reading and do not misinterpret it.

Interpretation is a psychological and cultural experience.

How should a leader attempt to bridge the gap between varying interpretations of a reading?

Interpretations are difficult to monitor when people are afraid to express their understanding, and lack of understanding.

Enlightenment is never deliberately divisive.  Its practitioners attempt to encourage greater understanding in the world, and of the world.

How do you tell the difference between despicable divisiveness and respectable decisiveness?

What do you believe unites you to other people, and how?

How do you know when understanding has been reached between people?

How do you respond when understanding has not been reached?

How do you ease tension when misunderstandings occur?

Do you seek another enlightening dialogue somewhere?

How have you answered the above questions?

Do you have a romantic view of science, history and reality?

What have you most recently been reading on the history of science?

When and where do you open the echo chambers of bias?

When is it necessary to make people feel uncomfortable about their own ignorance?

Should you feel worried about frightening people away to seek the safety and comfort of their prejudices?

Who is attracted to your point of view, and why?

How do you feel about your own biases, prejudices and other forms of ignorance?

How do you attempt to challenge your own belief system?

If you are unsure of your own beliefs, have you been searching for people with whom you can agree wholeheartedly?

Do you feel a sense of belonging when sharing beliefs with other people?

How do you spot bullies online and what do you do after spotting them?

How do you stop bullies online?

How do you respond to the purveyors of lies?

What are the skills you bring to fact checking, and for whose benefit?

How do you tell the difference between psychological safety and groupthink?

How do you tell the difference between a thoughtful opinion and a biased one?

How can you tell when appreciative audiences are thoughtful and not biased?

In Villa Twaklinilkawt, digital links to internal and external information are supplied mainly to assist your own investigations as a leader.

For many centuries, religious leaders have indoctrinated societies through coercive methods.  Aggressive political leaders have done the same.

How do you prevent your reasoning from being contaminated?

How do you ensure you and your associates are not overconfident?

Where and when do you seek a second opinion, and why do you do so?

Are your friendship groups merely echo chambers?

Are your experiences of reading merely a series of excessively similar filter bubbles?