Beatriz: …also, remember, when someone shares with you their experience of having been injured or demeaned or discriminated against, they aren’t attacking you. It’s okay to feel discomfort, but resist the urge to defend yourself. Instead, focus on them. Listen closely to what they have to say. Consider the world from their viewpoint. You don’t need to explain their feelings to them. You don’t need to say things like, not all people do xyz. Defending yourself doesn’t help the person who has suffered. It only helps you. It shuts down dialog.
Chadward: Well, not all people say things like, umm, you know, not…all…
Chadward: Ehh. I’m just. I’m a work in progress.
Chadward: But I get it.
Chadward: Go victims! Booo oppressors!
Chadward: You can do it!
Beatriz: Right, you-
Beatriz: Okay, Chadward? Fine. Chadward? Less talking, more listening.
Chadward: *you got it*…zip!
Beatriz: Thank you.
Chadward: You should smile more.
Beatriz: Siri, activate ejector seat…
Siri: Alright. Activating EjectorSeat… *fwummp!!*
Beatriz: Three points, Siri! Right in the moat!
Siri: Okay, here’s what I found about riding the goat.
Beatriz: Ah, close enough.
© Steve Mitchell 2018