[Podcast] Earbud_U, Season Five, Episode # 1 – Bathabile Mthombeni, University Ombudsman, Activist, Thinker
And what was the big, “what’s on your billboard” type lesson from 2016? I contend that the big lesson (which I think people are still going to miss in 2017, by the way) is as follows:
Predictions. Forecasts. Polls, exit and otherwise.
No one knows what is going to happen.
And for people, this lack of stability (for some after eight years of seeming instability and for others also after eight years of seeming instability) is scarier than whatever the outcome of an election might be. There are two ways to look at uncertainty:
We can either embrace it and grow from it.
We can fight it and allow the conflict with it to define our lives.
In either case, your worldview is subject to define which way you react (or respond) to uncertainty.
This is not a political podcast and my guest Bathabile is not a political person. She’s a university ombudsman (or an “ombuddy” such as it were…)
Sure, she has political opinions (don’t we all) and this podcast is full of them, but the role of an ombudsman is to put aside those thoughts and feelings to get to a broader truth.
Since no one knows the future (Black Swan, anyone) and since getting in the game is the only way to work the game, I believe that we should embrace the uncertainty with realistic hope and realistic growth.
Otherwise, reconciliation, forgiveness, and “moving on” become impossible. Scars become open wounds again, and scabbing (which leads ultimately to healing, never can happen.
And in a country of 380 million people, welcoming uncertainty seems to be the only way forward in our revolutionary, constitutional, republic.
As usual, this is a two-part episode to kick off the 5th season of the podcast, so we’re going to take a while to get to where we need to go with all this.
Connect with Bathabile all the ways you can below:
BU Announcement of Appointment to Ombudsman: http://www.binghamton.edu/inside/index.php/inside/story/10329/stenger-appoints-university-ombudsman/
Bathabile’s Podcast: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bathabile
Bathabile’s Website: http://www.123untangle.com/
ADRHub.com Profile: http://www.adrhub.com/profile/BathabileMthombeni
Mediate.com Profile: http://www.mediate.com/people/personprofile.cfm?auid=1506