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Published on Sep 27, 2011
It is the silence about the norm of silence that sustains the norm.
We're talking about a change in a widely shared norm. People have to talk about a proposed change in behavior before it can be embraced. This calls for public discourse. Detractors will often suggest that it's inappropriate to hold such an sensitive discourse. I don't envision this being a popular perspective, however, one must ignore those who seek silence instead of healthy dialogue.
To know, and not to do, is really not to know.
Why do I believe we need to have such a crucial conversation? Not everybody shares the same pool of meaning. Our opinions differ. I believe one thing, you believe another. I have one history, you another. We to need encourage all ideas out into the open, to ensure that everyone adds their meaning to the shared pool (regardless if we agree with every idea or not).
The Pool of Shared Meaning is a measure of a group's IQ. The larger the shared pool, the smarter the decisions.