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Simon says, “Give people clear reasons and explanations whenever they
ask for them.”



“Why?” is a question for which people want an answer that
makes sense to them. If they do not get it, they will fill in their own
answers. Having filled in the blank, they now have a do-it-yourself explanation
for everything. People make sense of their environments, whether it has any
relationship to reality or not. What is the result? There are many, usually
conflicting explanations for anything that happens and nearly as many for
things that do not happen and are not going to happen. Therein lies the source
of the old rumor mill.



Even Simon cannot stop the rumor mill, as much as he would like to put
it out of business. Gossip is a pastime to which people are addicted or at
least seriously hooked. What he can do is be sure that anyone who is
responsible enough to actually ask gets the straight scoop. That does not stop
the rumor mill; but it does slow it down a little and can redirect it now and
then. More importantly, if you bring your questions to Simon, you will get the
honesty and respect you deserve. Not to give you reasons and explanations when
you ask for them would be unacceptable, from Simon’s perspective.





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