Bob Bailey: Left out

June 29, 2013 

Left out

Many members of the majority party have declared that the demonstrations and protests at the Legislative Building will not influence them.

Their actions remind me of a parishioner who cupped his hand to his ear and asked whether doing that when I was preaching bothered me.

“No,” I replied.

“It should,” he declared.

Only then did I realize that he was not only telling me he could not hear the message. He was telling me that I was leaving him out of the conversation. My communication was insufficient and that made him conclude that I considered him insignificant.

Moral Mondays and other protests may be inconvenient to those in charge, but they are evidence of poor communication. They are figuratively citizens cupping their hands to their ears asking for clearer communication. Wise decisions in a democracy come only when all citizens are included in the conversation.

Bob Bailey

Garner

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