It's small but significant
Excellent post as always, Scott. Since you asked, my current situation is that I have edited and published my late brother‘s memoir. Almost everyone who reads it tells me it should be a movie or a Netflix series. This whole environment is new to me so I’m looking for possible connections to make this happen.￼￼
“A person's name is to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language.”
I've always felt this statement to be well-intentioned, but a bit generalized.
· People who suffer depression often dread hearing their name.
· People who are deeply in debt often fear hearing their name.
· People who are being stalked by a crazy ex-husband, etc.
Not everyone likes hearing their own name. I do, now. At a previous point in my life, I suffered from severe depression and — to quote The Smiths — "a shyness that is criminally vulgar," so I know firsthand what the feeling of dreading your own name is like.
How do we safely address people for whom we do not know this to be the case?
Struggling with incompetent local elected officials who only tell the truth occasionally. How best to highlight/confront this nationwide epidemic when it hits so close to home.