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Our “Realm of Phenomenological Awareness” (Part 2)

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Well, here we are again. We were (in Part 1) questioning the reasons for others dismissing our pleas for a fair listening. And looking to possible remedies for those vexing moments. I believe that I had just suggested (with tongue in cheek) that “if a spoonful of sugar is not working … perhaps a club would be more effective.” If my words are not meaningful … perhaps a short note from a recognized specialist or someone in indisputable authority would command acknowledgment. (Why are the words “Just you wait until your father gets home!” echoing in my mind right now?) Maybe a presentation of the potential consequences and penalties for dismissal of either myself, or my suggestions, would admit, who I am or what I offer, into that selectively-controlled Realm of Awareness.

But to continue to repeat and persist in the same presentation that has rendered my voice mute and my offerings meaningless, while clinging to some mindless hope that such mindless persistence will bring forth some new result … is the demonstration of the old definition of insanity. It is not personal. It is not a rejection of my being. It is simply the playing out of what Dr. Adler suggested to his audience when he made note of their absence of any awareness of the structure of the ceiling above the auditorium in which he spoke. But … he told them … if he should announce that he had just been given a report from the building’s manager, informing him that a great crack had been discovered in the main support beam that held back the many tons of materials above their heads … and imminent collapse of the roof, timbers, concrete, plaster, and all that constituted that ceiling, of which they had, previously, had no awareness … suddenly, and instantly, that nonexistent ceiling would become a dominant Presence in the Realm of Phenomenological Awareness of each of them.

This is the explanation that I gave a prominent businessman very recently when he was bemoaning the refusal of a general contractor to exercise a sense of urgency in the matter of coordination of phases of construction in a major project. “We are responsible for the finishing elements of this huge project … and all of those upon whom we must wait for our work to begin are lagging behind the schedules. We will be left as the responsible party for the un-readiness of the facility for its first function. But we have been well-prepared and simply waiting … waiting … while the general contractor has refused to urge all of those whose contributions are prerequisites for our finishing phase, to adhere to their required schedules. We, and we alone, are going to bear the consequences (in financial penalties and added expense of extra hours and efforts at the end) for the failure of those others to complete their work on schedule. We have documented our many efforts and meetings with the general contractor … all of which are ignored and dismissed,” my businessman friend explained. “You have failed to make yourself of consequence in his eyes,” I responded. “You have not inserted your concerns into his Real of Phenomenological Awareness and made them his. But a brief letter from your attorney will make him, instantly, aware of the consequences and penalties that will be visited … on him … in court … if he does not act appropriately. Into that Realm of Awareness, those lagging workers will become an immediate reality. You need say no more. Your voice has been deemed as insignificant by him. You, as a person, and as an Individual, are something that, he has demonstrated, are inconsequential. You must introduce him to someone and something that will unavoidably demand significance … by demonstrating consequences.”

For, my dear reader, all that was true in the face of that disinterested child … is just as true in the face of this grizzled man who controls an enormous project with all of its facets and intricacies. The consequences to the life of that young person, just as the outcome of the building project, will be affected by the willingness of each determining Individual to accept new realities into that place that respects consideration.

I offer this bit, of what life has blessed me with, in the hope that you will find some use for it in your life’s walk. For (as you know) a smoother and more pleasurable path is what I want, most, for you. Your happiness and peace are of infinite consequence to me. My love for you has introduced you into my personal Realm of Phenomenological Awareness. And your Presence there is most pleasant.

Lovingly …

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