Rhetoric Series: Part 1

This is the first part of the series of posts. The second part is appropriately linked in the comments section of the post. Rhetoric, as a study, is increasingly becoming relevant in the technical communication industry. Writers, editors are now feeling the need to incorporate a rhetorical approach to improving the effectiveness of their work… and hope that it improves the readability (readership?).

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Standardize in order to Differentiate

It is good to be different. But, when everyone is trying to be different, nobody becomes different. In this post, I’ve tried to talk about why I feel standardization can be good for documentation, and how following standards can become the difference.

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The Absolute Knowledge of Self Discovery

The absolute knowledge of self-discovery.

Each one of us is born with a vision: To create a better vision for those who will follow us. The pursuit of this vision goes through many milestones. The milestones of righteousness, self-analysis, acceptance, corrections, invention, and acknowledgment.

The journey begins with righteousness. We must first learn to know the difference between the right and the wrong. No one is perfect. Not even god. But, there are ways we can judge what can make us perfect. To be able to judge the difference between the perfect and the imperfect, we must know what to do to steer more towards the perfect. The outcome of the self-assumed task is the right and the wrong. The two flip sides of any self-assumed task, they are mutually dependent. One cannot exist without other. Do more of one in comparison to the other to move more towards perfection. Wrong is not wrong unless we do what is right. Moreover, wrong is just a state. So, that doesn’t mean a person or thing is wrong because that is what it is. Hence, being wrong doesn’t make you wrong; Doing wrong does. Do right.

The next milestone is of self-analysis. More rights and less of wrong do not make one perfect; they just steer one towards perfection. One must assess the actions, constantly, to avoid the recurrence of wrong. That is self-analysis. A constant Chakra (or circle) of calculating behavior. Calculate the actions, depending on the degree of severity of issues to take steps, and move ahead.

The next step is of acceptance. Inside, we are all the same. No one is bad by birth. Remember, for those who behave badly, the bad is their definition of good. But, they still have a definition for good. Accept that. You may not change who they are, but you will certainly change the way you look at them. Perhaps, mere acceptance might bring them to the crossroads of self-analysis. But, it is easier said.

Correction is the next step. We are dependent. Correcting our wrong will bring the change into others behaviors. Their corrections will inspire you to do more right. Get inspired and inspire others; learn with examples and lead by examples.

Invent. Evaluate for yourself. Correct wherever required. Bring good to others; keep doing good. Invent newer ways to bring good. Evolve continually.

Acknowledge. A collective growth brings us to the state of a collective consciousness. The consciousness that the intention of bringing more of good to others isn’t really an invention, but a discovery. It is only then we will come to know that absolute knowledge is no different from the actual one. The absolute knowledge is nothing but the acknowledgment of ourselves. The acknowledgment that we are self-discoverers for all our lives. The discovers who are in the pursuit of the collective perfection.

– Suyogsutra

Weaknesses

Weaknesses are our greatest threats, but to have a threat is by itself the great weakness.

We, all of us, are held, tied-up in strings that we invented ourselves. The strings that aren’t really there. The beads that form the strings are made-up of our “assumed” weaknesses and threats. We assume that they exist just to hold us back from all the glory.

As humans, we must constantly strive towards breaking those beads. We must the acquire knowledge, to free ourselves of the strings that hold us back. An attempt by itself is strong enough break us free from the strings of weaknesses and threats.

Our weaknesses are our biggest enemies. They threaten us to not to perform – to not to attempt breaking free from the strings. The threat of losing; the threat of non-performing; or the threat to our lives – threats are what makes us weak. And as weak, individually or collectively, we cannot bring any change.

Only the knowledge of truth can free us from our threats. The knowledge that nothing is permanent. The threats that weaken us will not really be there tomorrow. The weaknesses, that yesterday held us from bringing the change, will disappear tomorrow. This simple fact that the threats are only temporary removes half of our weaknesses, and hence break us free of the strings.

And once we are free, we must choose a path for us, and reach to the absolute abode of strengths. The abode where we aren’t weak anymore. We aren’t frightened and scared anymore. We are liberated beings. Free.

– Suyogsutra

Attitude

Attitude is a matter of habit for some. Others, are just habitual of their attitude.

I am of an opinion that you can win over any challenging situation, provided you carry the right attitude. And, no challenge is too big for you to win over if you remember the path to the right attitude. That’s your choice; the choice to walk on the thin line of attitude.

Some of us fall prey to our own attitudes; No matter what they do to hide, they cannot adopt good, positive intentions. As I understand, we must first win over ourselves (the world within us), to see the brighter side of challenges (in the world outside).

The choice to walk on the thin line of attitude, which separates winners from losers, meets the line of abilities at willingness. Once you decide you need to win, you will. And, that attitude, is a matter of habit.

Suyogsutra

yad yad ãcarati…

yad yad ãcarati śreşţhas tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramãņaṁ kurute lokas tad anuvartate

Whichever and however a great personality conducts himself common men follow; whatever he accepts as authority that and that alone certainly all the world will follow. Therefore, a leader must preach what he is taught and teach as he preaches.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 3, Verse 21

The Knowledge of the Knowledge.

There isn’t anyone in this world who knows more than they don’t know. But, there are those who feel that way! Based on the famous thought from Confucius, this post relates our knowledge about knowledge, and the connection of it with technical communication; read on.

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