September 29, 2011

Unintended consequences

Being well-meaning and positive is not always the best strategy.

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I see this in eating disorders advocacy, too, so it resonates for me. While there is a necessity of optimism for this treatable illness, it is dangerous without appropriate alarm and ACTION.

Too much of what passes for advocacy is putting a smiley face on really serious problems: in funding, in resource allocation, in dangerously bad ideas. Too many very well-meaning people are putting themselves out there in work that isn't helping, and in fact is distracting from what might help. There is a lot of financial interest skewing advocacy as well.

Well meaning is not enough. Parents are telling me this every day: well meaning is not enough.

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