Three Part Plan
There is a three part statement that applies to many situations. If you remember this, and know when to apply it, your life will be easier. The three parts are…It is none of my business, I don’t understand it, I am not interested.
For a few years in the early nineties, PG represented Redo Blue in a customers office. There was a small machine to run prints on. The print room was a public area, and the scene of many informal discussions. Often, PG was running jobs, and could not leave his work station to avoid hearing conversations. The three part plan was th result.
Lets take this one step at a time. It is none of my business is frequently a no brainer. People are discussing things because they don’t know what to do, and more input will only confuse them. If no one asked you what you think, there is a good chance they don’t want to hear it.
Architecture is a complicated profession. Building plans have thousands of details, and the slightest mistake can bring the building down. If you have never studied this, you cannot possibly know what they are talking about. It is best to focus on doing your job, which hopefully you know how to do. If you don’t understand a discussion, you don’t need to worry about it.
In the last paragraph we mentioned that you never studied architecture. There might be a reason for this, like thinking that it is boring and complicated. If you have no interest in a subject, it shouldn’t bother you for people to talk about it. People who care passionately about a subject might not appreciate your non interest.
This principle applies to many things. Religious discussions, other people’s families, and NASCAR are three examples. If a person insists on forcing you to deal with a subject against your will, then that person does not respect you. In this case of Evangelic Christians, this principle is a conflict with their belief that your religion is their business. You should deal with this conflict the best way you can.