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No One Man Should Have All That...

P O W E R ! ! ! I recently had the opportunity to sit down with George, formerly(currently?) of The Secret Podcast. It was nice to have a civil dialogue regarding the current state of the hunt and some of the issues which seem to be top of mind for the community.


A few weeks have passed and there are a couple questions which continue to circle my mind:


-Does The Secret actually need community leaders or is it simply a way to segregate?

-How do we ensure information flows in a fair manner if intended for the community as a whole?


I have a few thoughts on the above. As much as I would like to say, no - leaders are not needed, the community is large and already bordering on anarchy. So, unfortunately, the answer is yes. This begs the question, how are leaders appointed? Are they appointed/elected, do they come to power, or do they seize control? Regardless, how do we entrust them with the power of ensuring fair communication of information? Does the leadership need to be more structured and committee-like with checks and balances? These aren't intended to be attacks on any moderators or group owners. They should know, with great power comes great responsibility. Besides, nobody needs another Icarus situation and come on good Sir Palencar, are you really looking to provide a select few with an advantage? Let's hope not. So why not make this fair instead of providing one the ability to take their ball(and painting) home when things get uncomfortable? Yes, we also experienced a significant breakdown in judgement recently. People approaching member's families and employers. Other's ousting creators of the hunt from the groups those same people worship them from. Now, I've always been one to have a bit of fun and push buttons but it's time to reset if you are falling into any of the above patterns of action. This is an enjoyable yet frustrating hobby. Let's treat it as such. Somehow, it feels like a positive time to re-engage and demonstrate change first hand. Isn't that what people need in challenging times? Look out for new content soon. Feel free to like or hate it. It's okay either way, as long as you're enjoying the ride. Besides...Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it. I guess every superhero need his theme music.

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HCS137
HCS137
Oct 27, 2022

Wow…this is a big topic to tackle. I can only express that so simply because my brain gets swamped with so many tangents - have we lost the trust of JJP, JoEllen, Ben, etc? Has the community grown too large to be productive? So many other thoughts and questions swirl.

Maybe one of the more basic questions is what do we want out of the hunt? Are we ok with just aimlessly floating around coming up with ”maybes” and “possibly’s” or do we truly want to find and solve these puzzles? If it is the latter, then I think we clearly need structure and leadership and I think we need to try and resolve the major issue of not being…


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Mo Jo
Mo Jo
Oct 27, 2022
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Completely agree on all points Fenix. I find building credibility and trust is difficult in all things Secret related. Solutions can be slow in coming, but it all starts with a single step.

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Mo Jo
Mo Jo
Oct 27, 2022

Tricky spot indeed. Not easy for anyone to separate two different relationships. Even harder is to know how one is perceived to be appearing.

Are we mature enough as a group to discuss it? I have my doubts based on recent events. There are a lot of folks out there who, in a virtual world, think they do not need to be civil - welcome to the world of social media.

I guess the first question is , how to start a meaningful and mature discussion in a virtual world.

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Mo Jo
Mo Jo
Oct 26, 2022

If the group did not grow as much as it has, recent events would likely been averted in the short term. However, the group is large, and agree some leadership is needed. Given that, not everyone can lead. That doesn't mean they are bad people, we all have our strengths, some have leadership skills and some don't, or really don't want that type of responsibility. That said, I am not even sure George really wanted all the responsibility he ended up having. Often enough he complained about how 'people suck' etc.. Again, not saying he is a bad person. Certainly fun-loving and liking just to hang out with folks and have a good time. Nothing wrong with that. However, …

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Fenix
Fenix
Oct 26, 2022
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Yes, I believe people are scared to discuss these issues because everything has been made so personal. Almost intentionally so. Anyone put in the role would have different pros/cons. For me, it’s more, as the dynamic changes can we learn from the past and look to make it more democratic? George is a great guy and has done a tremendous amount for the community. More than I could ever dream of doing. He’s such a great guy that the JJP interactions became a friendship. But that’s challenging too because how do you differentiate between what’s for the community and what’s two buddies shooting the shit about an old puzzle location? I could see interpretations being blurred and the need …

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