sotu paul ryanAs I watched The State of the Union address this week, I was, and always am, distracted by the Speaker of the House sitting right behind the president staring, stoic, trying his very best not to engage.  On the other side, we have Mr Friendly Biden smiling and attempting to have happy conversations with Mr Ryan.  I even commented on my personal Facebook page that I thought Paul Ryan made a better effort at looking pleasant than Boehner ever did.  But anyway.  I realize I may see this dynamic from my perspective so I went to test it out, viewed some SOTU addresses when President Bush was in office, and I did not see the same thing going on.  Then, watch the audience.  The Democrats applauding and raving, the Republicans sitting in silence, and seemingly angry.  Paul Ryan looked like he wanted to laugh sometimes, but he tried to hold it in with all his might.   It reminds me of when we were kids and my mother would get tired of us giggling so we we would then try to force ourselves to look serious, only to laugh more.   A friend of mine points out that the protocol for the military and The Supreme Court during these addresses are for them to show no partisanship.  Okay, I get that.  But, the entire thing reminded me of my overwhelming annoyance with politics and I find it a problem in our own industry, a hesitancy to think and speak critically.


It is the making of overriding political correctness to the degree that has some of us, myself included, so annoyed these days.  It is rare to hear someone admit something they don't like or agree with in their own political party, although it seems to be quite good enough to rail up against Trump, no matter your party.   It's why speed boaters don't like sail boaters, why soccer players don't like football, why sports fans always think the refs are biased for the other team.

I find Tribalism a problem in the medical transcription industry.  Side taking with AHDI, for one.  When I expressed my displeasure with a particular event there several months ago, I was immediately coined as being "against AHDI."  And, I often get that question, am I pro or con AHDI?  No, I am against a particular behavior that our AHDI leaders engaged in.  It seems quite popular for us to continually criticize and degrade the scribe industry, but what about our own problems?  They seem almost exact in nature.  In my observation, there is an overwhelming desire for the medical transcription industry to find whatever possible "other-people" problems necessary to make a case, a widespread and unspoken agreement that we shan't ever review our own as if it would be like traitorship.

One of the naive notions I had about creating MyMT was that if I could gather a group of like-minded people together, we could take our case and voice and make things happen. I never appreciated there was a tribe mentality that might not be over welcoming of one who wanted to uncover the things nobody really wanted to talk about, to upset the homeostasis of this tribe, however dysfunctional the family.

Read "How Tribalism Overrules Reason."


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