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Not judgements, but a few observations November 1, 2005

Posted by Matt Hurst in Uncategorized.

If the world following the industrial revolution has become one where the workplace is segmented and specialised in its practice, have not people taken that on in other ways? Assuming that a persons actions are based around their charecter, or that what they do defines who they are as people, it should follow that a person is defined by their work. this creates some meaning outside of work.
IF special trade information is a result of training and practice, then it would follow that there is a specialisation of knowledge, and that knowledge gained from experience. That information is part of them, but part of them alone. In a more agarian system experience is harder to hide and thusly more openly spread, so in an urban society (read: indutrial revolution) it is more easily lost in a larger group of people and more protective. There’s a reason they call it a trade secret.
The result is an increasing sense of need to conceal information, for privacy and security. Fear of losing secret (read: special) information jepodizes the personal, subjective strength of an individual. The opposite, that the more openinformation strengthens the group and weakens the individual’s sense of self, might also be true.
Either way, it’s been happening – people are more secretive than ever before. It’s a protective step in a social environment of lesser support, and promoted consistantly. Hell, sometimes I don’t want to know about others, or wish i didn’t know some secret things. But it also makes us strangers to our own fellow man.

I for one enjoy openess far too much, but am drawn consistantly to the myth of the self-formed person. I like this idea of living far too much to keep things to myself anymore. People don’t need to tell me anything, because they haven’t realised i already know. But feel free to tell me – their secret is safe and it helps me trust you. And cumulitively we will all learn to trust again in the open environment.



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