Drinking the Kool-Aid

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Dec 12 2011

A Note About Kool-Aid

At institute, I noticed that when those around me said things that went straight to my heart–something genuine or heartfelt about why they were in TFA, for instance, or impassioned words about Continuously Increasing Effectiveness or backwards planning–they immediately disclaimed themselves (or were labeled by others) as someone who had Drunk the Kool-Aid. Corps Members were so cautious of TFA’s cultishness that there could be no middle ground of genuine unaffected sincerity—you were either healthily cynical or you had blindly swallowed TFA’s ‘brainwashing.’

The name of the blog is meant to imply that I’m riding that middle ground, poking a little fun at my idealistic self, but actually very proud to be in an organization that embodies so much of what I believe.

3 Responses

  1. els

    I have the the same weird relationship with TFA. It’s kind of like your family; you’re with them for good, and you will defend them to others in the same breath that you complain about them. I just took the TFA sticker off of my car, but I still wear the t-shirt.

    • Wess

      Interesting. We use bumper stickers show our philosophy and what we believe; T-shirts show what we are/were a part of.

  2. SpEding through Dallas

    I love the Kool-Aid reference. I was at the Houston institute and I remember that phrase going around a lot. But I’d rather drink the kool-aid then let the reality of what I’m doing kill me.

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