My friend did not care for the streetscaping decision made by our local council and was angrily denouncing it to
us all at coffee, concluding “This is a useless council, they simply do not care for the individual”.
Which raises the question – should they? Council decisions may be made well or poorly, but they need to be judged by their effect on the community as a whole not on any one individual. In fact, when decisions are made in favour of an individual, we call that corruption!
So why do we get so aggrieved when councils make decisions not to our liking? For there is no doubt that we do. I suspect we fail to make the switch from being a customer to being a citizen. We carry on thinking ‘me’ when we should be thinking ‘we’.
My question for you today is a personal one:
Not how we can get others to make the switch, but rather how can we, ourselves, do it? What experiences have you had when you just naturally switched to ‘we’ thinking? What was it about those situations that caused the switch?