I just finished taking the rather lengthy vision survey. I consider myself intelligent and well read, but this survey was entirely too complex. It read like a post-modernist, philosophy of politics, master's thesis. The survey was not accessible to the average person. Try asking the average person just a few of these questions and they will beg off after a minute or so, no matter how charming or charismatic the pollster might be. To truly be participatory, without any hierarchy, the language of the organization must be clear to all. The survey exemplifies the difficulty of including everyone. I have taught high school and university students, worked an amazingly diverse set of skilled and unskilled jobs, and cannot imagine many of the people I have met and associated with could make it through the survey. Our current society just cannot meet the social, educational, and cultural needs required for all to even understand a survey about a participatory movement, let alone provide the tools necessary for all to be equal members in such an organization. I wish it were different, but there are too many powerful and insidious forces shaping the consciousness of the young towards materialism, sexism, and selfishness. Only a drastic and cataclysmic event could thwart the current power of the corporate/state system.
The survey would have been more interesting if there was a space to record the participant's thoughts on the content of the question, or its implications. One question in particular was tough to answer because I feel that women are called on as caregivers because of the need for them to be caregivers. Women were the first leaders, because they are often more intelligent emotional communicators. Emotion is the root of intelligence, so those with more advanced emotional intelligence should be caretakers of children. Of course, not all men are lacking in this, nor are all women skilled, but there are gender differences (perhaps partially socially constructed). Difference does not mean degradation, and women should not be forced into situations, but if their skills and desires match, it would be foolish to regulate against usefulness.