Monday, October 23, 2006

Different Realities

With a number of different things going on at work, I sat and talked to one of my managers about the struggles of supervising people. Winding my way through a number of personal and professional life experiences, I have come to accept that people have different realities. No matter how hard you try or how long you talk, it is sometimes not possible to reconcile those different realities. After making a good faith effort, you have to stop agonizing over the differences and move on.
"The idea that one person's mind is accessible to another's is just a conversational illusion, just a figure of speech, an assumption that makes some kind of exchange between basically alien creatures seems plausible, and that really the relationship of one person to another is ultimately unknowable."

Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

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