From the time we first entered a classroom, either for play or to start our education, we heard the word cooperation, or in teachers' lingo ... learn to work together. And then, somewhere along the line, we accepted that cooperation was here to stay.

It was important to cooperate, not only as a student but as an adult; as a partner in a marriage; in a position where you worked with teammates, not as a solitary person; and even in a friendship, or a project where several are seeking a superordinate goal.

There are still some among us who chose to "go it alone." They are the authoritarians among us, the ones who know it all and certainly do not need our input. All of us have experienced trying our hardest to express our opinions, make positive statements, and suggest new and different possibilities, only to be refused, cut down, deposed by those who must have control. And unfortunately, some or most times, the person in control refuses to back down or accept a change, a suggestion, a new idea that would ultimately make the project more acceptable, more workable, and certainly more cooperative. But, unfortunately, by the time we all have reached adulthood, we have also decided to what lengths we are willing to go to include the ideas that come from someone else. These are the people who believe in superiority; they are the experts, and they have the answer to most everything.

We have all worked with these superiors, only to see that eventually, their elaborate plans are not foolproof, and that maybe they should have been more tolerant, more accepting, and kinder to those whose ideas were rejected.

All of this is life experience, and we learn it from our mistakes, our arrogance, and our evolving sense of who we are. Cooperation will always be the best road to take despite the bumps and detours.

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AOC

Sorry, in this forum. Having an edit button would be helpful.

jsklinelga

Ms. Haber,

No doubt cooperation is a wise standard but I am a little confused about your point. Classic -this be good so that be bad - analogy. But is it a veiled innuendo directed towards some person of group or is it just a generic observation

AOC

Good Morning Jsk,

No doubt your answer will come quickly as soon as she starts her daily commenting is this forum. [smile]

olefool

Confusion seems to be your permanent state of mind jsk..... maybe if you reminisced about the days when you were a flaming liberal democrat you'd get a sense of direction. Maybe..

TrekMan

Old Man - you are as confusing as the day is long!!

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