After years of attending Board of Education meetings, town hall meetings, community meetings, etc…. the only thing that is transparent is their BULLSHIT! I’m so sick of the politics, people’s agendas and so on that I often wonder what ever happened to doing things for the greater good!
Transparency as a metaphor means something that is a clear object and can be seen through. In other words the transparency I am speaking of means people would be honest, open, communicate well and would be accountable for their actions. Procedures that provide transparency would include open meetings, open public records acts, freedom of information, sunshine laws, access to financial reports, etc…. By being transparent one should be able to easily tell if another or a system is operating correctly and be able to rely back to information that was provided to determine accountability.
Now the opposite of transparency is opacity or in other words, “BULLSHIT”.
This is when one blocks the process to make it difficult to see if another or a system is operating correctly and does not create a papertrail or record to be able to rely back on to be used to determine accountability.
Tactics used to impede transparency include closed meetings, inaccurate or no meeting minutes, secrets, claim to privacy or information, or one of my personal favorites, “We can’t talk to you due to pending litigation!”
But before I go on and you think I’m some kind of litageous person I’m not. I never won a dime. As a matter of fact it cost me money just to be able to have my children have the basic right in the United States to a Free Appropriate Education to be able to learn to read but that’s a whole other blog, or lots of blogs I should say…
Back to transparency. What motivates a lack of? Is it greed or power? A combination of both. Do these people only work for extrinsic rewards rather then more “naturally occurring” or intrinsic rewards such as the feeling of sheer pleasure or being proud from actually doing things for the greater good and for the overall good of all humanity. Why do some people consistently spew bullshit out of their mouths when we all know they are lying? Are these individuals brains wired differently and are they lacking the skills needed to be self motivated to want to do good? Perhaps we should initiate a study to find out. Politicians and Administrators get in line first!
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