Rhetoric

It is certainly thick these days, rhetoric, that is. I could easily dash headlong into a political treatise on both the danger and power of rhetoric, but I won’t bore you with it or pretend I’m some kind of expert on the subject.

However, what the current political wrangling blasted out from the seemingly infinite number of media outlets illustrates is how muddled and confusing it can be to make decisions these days.

Somehow, in this postmodern age, we’ve been conditioned to believe that complicated equals good. The more complicated or shrouded an issue or subject is, the better. I tend to disagree with this assertion.

Complication and subjective opinion cloud the true nature of a subject, obscuring the foundation. And what often happens is the original subject is divorced from the effects that proceed from it.

For illustration, I’ll try to pick something that’s not terribly controversial, but that most are familiar with, at least in passing… publicly-funded sports stadiums.

Dialog on this issue has focused on the potential benefits to the community willing to pony up multi millions for a new stadium. It would be foolish to deny that some in the community will benefit substantially, particularly the construction companies and contractors who will be busy building and subsequently counting their money after a year or so of hard work.

Whatever the benefits are or aren’t, the question that usually gets lost in the shuffle is, “Why?” Communities, like individuals, often forget to answer this most important question, and to keep asking it until the real reason is found.

The first “why” should spark another “why”, and so on, until the foundation is revealed. In this case, and my opinion on this matter is certainly debatable, my why-based inquiry on publicly-funded stadiums led me to the conclusion that pro sports teams are operating a fundamentally-flawed business model.

By the time the issue reaches the voters it has been cast in the light of the so-called “public interest”. Most voters, it appears, have refused to ask the deeper questions as to why they’re being asked to fork over their hard-earned dollars to people who make literally a thousand times more than they do.

That’s my theory, anyway, for what it’s worth. The theory, I hope, translates into your magazine, Camp Business, since we try our best to ask camp professionals, “Why?” Further, we are not satisfied with, “Because it made sense,” or something similar.

Let us know if we’re digging deep enough for you to help answer your questions. Keep us honest, and keep asking us why, and we’ll do the same.

Thanks,

Regan D. Dickinson

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