Drop your script and become present

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Frederick Dodson

This is a small excerpt from my recent Course “How good people can take back organizations from psychopaths“. It is about exchanging scripted responses with genuine interest and spontaneity. 

I remember once going on a tour of a city I lived in. It was a so-called ghost tour that catered to tourists and told of all the ghosts, hauntings, UFO sightings, secret society hangouts, etc. An opportunity to see the city in a different light. I enjoyed it until the tour guide admitted that he was following a script. He wasn’t personally invested or interested in any of these topics. He was not genuine. And the reason he had to admit it was scripted is because people kept asking questions he couldn’t answer. He appeared unable to make any conversation outside of his script. I would have done a better job of the tour even without training or preparation. The company organizing the tour did not require a human being but a robot who just kept repeating the same thing over and over like a good dog.

I experienced similar on a tour of a tropical rainforest some years ago. The person giving us the tour kept talking and talking and talking without responding to things that were actually happening in the present moment. It was bizarre. There was a family of turtles walking by, one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, but instead of addressing it, the tour guide kept talking off his script. It was moronic. Eventually someone told him to be quiet and just let us enjoy nature. He seemed to be relieved to be relieved of his duty.

I did a tour led by a native American in the Grand Canyon. He was not approved or licensed by the tourist board and did not have any credentials or even website. I found him by word of mouth. He was quiet most of the time, meaning there was no script. But the few things he did say were profound and never to be found on tripadvisor or other normie websites.

This is why my seminars are never scripted. They are half prepared, half spontaneous. Having everything be scripted is for the insecure, the robotic, those disinterested in present-moment-reality.

I was shopping in target the other day. I heard the cashier say to every customer “Did you find everything alright?” to which they all responded “Yes”. When my turn came  I responded “No” because I indeed did not find what I was looking for. I had been looking for life vests but my size was out of stock. But instead of asking me “Oh, what is it you were looking for?” she embarrassedly looked down and didn’t make eye contact again until I left. I had gone off script and she didn’t know what to do about it.

I’m not saying all scripts and plans are bad. It’s good to be in control. But excessive control is a sign of psychopathy. Psychopaths need to be in absolute control, granting little creativity. If you enter the house of someone and it’s excessively tidy and perfect, you’ve entered the realm of a control-freak. If you can find not a single fault with a person, be suspicious. There is no such thing as perfection on Earth. A healthy person allows for some control and some spontaneity.

Be human, not AI.



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