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Friday, September 6, 2013

The Common Courtesy of FYI's

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15 NIV).

We all receive FYI’s regarding developments that might impact or interest us—either the forthright kind saying “For Your information” or the silent, devious, exclusionary ones communicating “Fuck You Imbecile! You don't need to know a Goddamn thing.” Which communiqué would you rather receive?

Those in power and those knowledgeable occasionally wish to exclude others sometimes unnecessarily and inconsiderately. This can cause resentment and lead to unfairness in fact and feeling. Feeling “left out” is one of the most powerful of all human emotions tapping survival instincts. The preferred course is to communicate too often rather than too seldom. We should worry more about our own betrayal of trust and less about the conjectured ethical weaknesses of others. If we must speculate when deciding which type of FYI to send, let us speculate about our own devious nature and give others a well-deserved break.

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