November 6th Meeting!

• Time: 2:00PM – 5:00 PM
• Location: The Center 208 West 13th Street New York, NY (between 7th & 8th Avenues)

The topic this month is:

Communication: What is it Really?

*the following comments are from me, and in no way represent MAsT Metro or any
of its members*

“What we have here is failure to communicate.” – The Captain, Cool Hand Luke

Communication in his mind was very one sided. He initiated and commanded, the
prisoners heard and obeyed. Anyone not knowing their place was a challenge to
the system that needed to be rectified.

How different then is the Master/slave version of communication?

Obedience, after all, is of the utmost importance in a working Household
operating under this dynamic. Could there be success if every directive was
questioned, or second guessed?

Masters and slaves are different. We are drawn to either command or service for
fulfillment. Why then would we be expected to think alike?

Communication for us then is important as a way to introduce thoughts that may
prove helpful, or at least offer some understanding.

For example, how would a Master know of my need for protocol, that my submission
is a cry for organization and discipline, that i need help in making sense of my
feelings and the way to relate in a world that thinks i should be in command
because of my male gender?

Only if i communicated this, that’s how. i have yet to meet a Master who is a
mindreader.

Do i need the Master to give me a reason for every single task? Of course not.
But i am helped by knowing the aims of the Household, and of the mindset of the
Master in how they may be reached.

i can only think that Masters would find helpful truthful communication from
Their slaves as well. How are they really feeling. Or even clues to how they
react when under stress. Keeping secrets is selfish, and can impede the workings
of the Household.

If we agree that communication is important, then how does it take place? Will
there be a weekly meeting when all slaves may speak without any retribution,
respectfully of course? Certainly on matters that are not immediate, this is an
option.

There is also a self test: Does this need to be said? Does this need to be said
by me? Does this need to be said by me right now?

i look forward to hearing everyone’s views on communication. After all, isn’t
this one of our primary needs to succeed?

james

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