Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blowing Bubbles: A response

Sometimes, the bubble shapes or colors
our perception of the world.
I read a blog post by Teo Bishop, a man I appreciate and admire for his well-though-out ideas and contributions to the Pagan community. This post was called: The Pagan Bubble. I recommend you read it. The following is my response:

One thing that struck me was the assumption that more mainstream groups don't have this bubble. But they do.
I have a cousin in a seminary college. We chat (in a quite friendly manner) on FB about topics. I read his posts. I google a lot of words/phrases when I do this. He is in his Christian seminary bubble, and I don't know all of the language.

Every industry I've worked in
is it's own little world.
In technical trades, we call the language portion of the bubble "jargon". Engineers have jargon. Lawyers have jargon. Doctors and nurses have jargon.

I work in a regulated industry: biopharma. We have jargon, but we also have a "culture", which must be learned in order to effectively operate in regulatory positions. This is known and discussed within the industry.

And, speaking of industries, most types of businesses, particularly technical ones, have "industry standard" procedures and standards. They can be meaningless to outsiders, but are make-or-break for those in the industry. I say this as someone who has argued about the color of signs and material labeling.

Every person has the perception of the world
encased in the bubble of their own experiences.
Everyone lives in a bubble. It is the bubble of our experiences - experiences that, realistically, not everyone has. Whether it's the bubble of culture of the deep south, or the bubble of being "in the know" of talent agencies, rattling off specific colors, textures and fabrics with other designers, or discussing steaming vs blanching with other chefs...

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