I came to a sad realization recently….well, actually, it’s a realization I’ve had before, but it was proven yet again. I will be speaking generally in this article, obviously it won’t apply to everybody. In most groups/ organisations/ clubs/whatever, there are the members that do and the members that don’t. Its always the same few who get involved, who make things happen, who discuss and give input and the rest just pop a head in here and there, but thats about it. What is it then, that creates this situation?
Is it their busy lives? Is it fear? Is it laziness? Is it lack of interest? Why do people join a group/org/club if they are not actually going to participate in any way? It is so difficult for any group or organisation to progress when its members to do interact? What to do to change this, is something I have been pondering for a while now – but I am no closer to finding answers, everything I try does not seem to work.
Even ranting about the situation is preaching to the choir because those that will respond are the ones that always respond, the rest will just keep ominously silent.
Offer a free reading (or something else) and you will have loads of responses, but ask for input or ideas and silence falls… This is the reason why such organisations/groups/clubs either fail or just can’t seem to progress and in my opinion its very problematic. People want to be represented, they want someone to stand up for their rights, but they do not actually want to DO anything much about it themselves. They will mutter behind the scenes about the ‘doers’ and about the fact that nothing much is happening, but they won’t stand up and be counted themselves.
So what can be done about this? Well, that in itself is problematic – because you cannot really MAKE anyone do anything, all you can do is set a good example, make ‘noise’ by speaking up, encourage and then hope that all of that will make a difference and that you are not just doing it for nothing.
So, in conclusion, I quote the ledgendary Bob Marley…. Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights! Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights! Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights! Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!
So bite me!