As our book states, “We live in a time when disillusionment more often than the hope of Truth promised by the Enlightenment defines us.” (Arnett, Fritz & Bell, 2009, p. 1). This is not surprising to say the least. “Goods” in this postmodern area are quite often in mass debate. In this time in place in general I would refer to page 9 in text by also acknowledging “postmodern moments are opportunities for those wanting to learn from difference.” I respect every individual perception of their good. With that said, my “Good” in this place and time is simple.
I have a good life and good career. My good consists of raising two young boys and trying to teach them humility, tolerance, traditions, valuing other’s differences in terms of environment, and being just decent human beings. Other goods in my life in this time and place involve being able to work in a diverse work environment. In terms of communication ethics, it is of great value because I work in the work in fundraising in the Higher Education field. Being able to communicate and able to listen well are imperative.
Another good for me involves failure and struggles. There have been many in my life and I am sure they will continue but this is not a complaint but of gratitude. Failure and struggles make you vulnerable and most often you can find your authentic self. The goodness in these moments has given me the chance to show-up more in life, in my conversation and more importantly in my communications. I like the fact I have walked around in the darkest places of my soul and survived.
To this end, I will leave my good in this time and in this place to Mr. Winston Churchill, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” For us to find common ground in “The Good” today goes to our text, “the importance of learning commonsense practices around that given good had not wavered. We bear a responsibility to acknowledge the situated bias in our communicative knowing and action.” (Arnett, Fritz, & Bell, 2009, p. 13).