This week I’ve heard the verb ‘to socialize’ being mocked and it was painful.
The context was quite generic, I admit, and because we – as humans – should always try a bit to consider misinterpretations, I may have got it wrong.
Yet, if I got the sense of the conversation right, I wonder how one can consider the act of being social a bad quality.
I also have looked up in the dictionary, being not a native English speaker myself, and what I found was only a wide collection of beautiful words and synonyms: be friendly, entertain, fraternise, join, mix, get together and so on. You get the picture. The concept of socialisation is the fundamental requirement for our inclusion in society and, first and foremost, for the essential understanding of ourselves. We, as human beings, develop through socialization!
The concept of socialisation is the fundamental requirement for our inclusion in society and, first and foremost, for the essential understanding of ourselves.
And if we are also lucky enough to experience and live in different cultures, we might even reach that degree of communicative skills which enable us to adopt flexible patterns of behavior, standards and values so important in order to become a citizen of the world.
When there is socialisation there is communication and remember what Antoine De Saint-Exupéry wrote:
“Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures…In this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together.”
Surely something the people behind Powerhouse know very well.
I went to my first meeting and I’ve discovered how much beauty communication can bring to a community (communication and community, ever thought? 🙂
If you are a woman living in Zürich with some spark to share, or if you are in need of some, you should definitely have a look at their website.
I very looking forward to their next event after the Summer!
Back to coffee, another huge aggregator of sociality (not by chance, probably my fav).
This week we visited Metropol, a spacious cafè in the city center with lovely covered arches, perfect for their Jazz Arcades events every Wednesday, you’ll love it!
On a more personal note, I must say that the arches are the place where you want to be with this heat wave: the air flows wonderfully fresh beneath them 🙂
Cappuccino is ok, always served with a small sweet and water. And grab a magazine while you sip your cuppa because you can even find interesting readings about expats who made their business quite successful here in Zürich.
+41 44 200 59 00
You may want to go there on Tuesday or Friday, when the Bürkliplatz Markt is on, and enjoy a very good breakfast.
The interior design and the comfort of their armchairs really deserves a mention.