We’re all just half-angels

True, so true….100% angels cannot be found, or I could not find one until now, even if I thought I did in some moments …we`re all just half-angels … in the best case scenario…

If I delay putting things in boxes labeled “good” and “bad” and instead just allow them to tell me their story and observe what they do, I realize that we are all just half-angels.

The website where this post appears is also very interesting, showing real case studies of a workshop tool called Net-Map that connects different stakeholders, their influences, relationships etc and tries to solve scarce resources issues in different areas of the world, especially in under developed countries or economical environments.  However, this tool is applied also in corporate environments, being suitable for everyone to understand, regardless of their education level. Respect for the inventor and for all the work carried out until now. It`s certainly a good tool to use if you want to reach the consensus of a community around a certain issue or investment or change, it`s smoothening the road ahead and probably bringing new perspectives to the negotiation table. One day, I hope I will get the chance to learn the tool from the ones that are experts on it and I hope I will be able to use it as well, to keep this kind of workshop and solve a local issue in a nice practical and efficient way.

Net-Map Toolbox

Researching public health politics in Africa in the daytime and re-reading Tortilla Flats by Steinbeck at night. And both point from different directions toward my most difficult challenge in trying to understand the world: We are all just half-angels. Most of us want to be good people, or to at least think of ourselves as good people. And we have selfish needs and wants and evil impulses as well. The characters in Tortilla Flats are all charming drinkers who come up with the most twisted arguments for making their selfish behavior sound like they are doing the other person a favor: Everybody knows that money doesn’t make you happy and separates you from your poorer friends, so by not paying rent to their friend Danny they actually save him from this sad and lonely fate…

Now what do these guys have in common with health workers and advocates in Africa?…

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