Thursday, 20 July 2017

Directors of Enlightenment - Part One

What does it mean to direct successfully?  Does it depend on the ease of reaching the desired destination?

If you, dear audience member, have never considered yourself to be a director of any sort, why is that?  Have you never been free enough to choose a destination for yourself?

The relationship between successful direction and destiny is unclear.  It may, for example, be the destiny of most people to remain unenlightened though there is no scientific proof of that.

Here in this ethereal theatre, both potential and proven directors of enlightenment are welcome to audition at any time.  They must, however, be able to supply scientific proof of their talents and personal qualities.

What do you believe to be the difference between directing, managing and leading?

What do you believe it means to be a director of enlightenment?

To achieve their aims, directors of unenlightenment have a tendency to rely on manipulation, bullying, authoritarian threats and other forms of coercion.  They may even rely on irrelevant displays of prestige and past glory.  Many of the true aims of such directors are hidden.

What, then, does a director of enlightenment do?  How does such a director select and convey the aims to be achieve?

In most situations, directors of enlightenment are not dictators.  They are, instead, members of some sort of ensemble.  Their main priority is to prevent other members of the ensemble from behaving stupidly.

To manage is to succeed easily.  To direct is to establish the ends to be accomplished and the most suitable approach to reaching those ends, regardless of the perceived ease or difficulty likely to be involved.

An enlightened director will encourage all members of the ensemble to suggest easier ways of achieving the same ends.  Such a director will not view the processes as giving up control but merely as a way to attain more enlightenment.

The enlightened ends to be achieve usually have intrinsic value.  Such ends may include sustainable world peace, universal prosperity and beautifully healthy environments.  However, accomplishing those considerably worthwhile ends tends to require a very large ensemble and many years of successful performances on the world stage, and in local communities.

Directors of enlightenment are well able to distinguish between goals, intentions and actions.  Such persons usually have much prior experience as actors on the world stage, often beyond the reach of television cameras and microphones.

To become a director of enlightenment requires sufficient confidence as well as sufficient competence.  An overly confident person is, however, likely to be unenlightened and therefore incompetent.  Overly confident persons are usually also impertinent towards those more enlightened than themselves.

Reasonable caution is the key to success in any pursuit.  Prospective members of ensembles must be appointed to the most suitable positions not only for their talents but also for their attentiveness.  As all enlightened directors know, it is not talent that motivates people but their attraction towards particular activities.

You, dear audience member, are probably here because you wish to be introduced to a few directors of enlightenment.  That is quite understandable.  Everyone needs suitable role models if they are to gain sufficient enlightenment themselves.  And all directors of enlightenment are worthy of emulation even more than admiration.

Additionally, all directors of enlightenment are creative directors.  They have the knowledge, skills, experience and values with which to achieve imaginative goals within a schedule, consistent with the chosen ends.