Posts Tagged ‘self expression’

Were Neanderthals the first bloggers?

Friday, June 15th, 2012

I was reading a story today about the fact that they have just proved that these cave paintings are over 41,000 years old, which is 15,000 years older than previously thought.  This means that they could have been done by either homo sapiens or Neanderthals.  Apparently, cave painting didn’t start till early man made it to Europe, and it is considered this maybe due to the social interactions of the time.  In other words, even back then, our ancestors might have felt the need to record their thoughts and feelings to share with their fellows.  Admittedly a cave wall is a little slower than broadband but I doubt my blogs, or many others, will have the longevity of this first ‘blog’.

The need for self expression goes very deep and it is important in any project to try to allow the people who it affects to have some capacity for this as it promotes ownership and lowers resistance.  It is the equivalent of the potted plant on the desk or the poster on the wall.  It turns neutral or alien space in something that they own.

“The desire for self-expression afflicts people when they feel there is something of themselves which is not getting through to the outside world.”   Fay Weldon
”My interest lies in my self-expression — what’s inside of me”   John Turturro

The only way to go… Favourite funeral songs

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

According to a survey, popular songs are now the norm at funerals

  • “’My Way’ by Frank Sinatra was the most requested piece of music overall, followed by
  • ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ by Bette Midler and
  • ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.

Other favourites include ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Westlife, ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams and ‘Over The Rainbow’ by Eva Cassidy. 

More unusual choices are:-

  • ‘Always Look On The Bright Side of Life’ from Monty Python’s Life of Brian
  • The Radio 4 Shipping Forecast
  • The themes to everything from Only Fools and Horses and Top Gear to Benny Hill, Z Cars and Channel 4 Racing.

So people are choosing to express themselves and their loved ones in ways which are more meaningful to them.  Our individuality  is so precious to us, and is the very essence of what we value in others.  If a business does not express that it values its people in just this kind of individualistic way, it won’t get the best out of them.  To be seen, and to be valued is what we all crave.