Do you remember those childhood games, such as ‘piggy in the middle’ or ‘odd one out’? There was always one child who was marked as different, being singled out and having a different experience to everyone else. In these games, it is difficult to keep a balance in order that nobody feels separated or treated badly, yet the whole point of the game demands that someone is isolated.
As adults, we can play this type of game where we isolate others – yet as adults it is called something different, we call it ‘life’ or excuse the behaviour as acceptable ‘business practice’. As adults, the potential for fun is removed and as a result we can see that individuals can be hurt, discouraged and knocked down.
In truth, we should always seek to be inclusive, something that, in theory, we would all agree with – in practice though, things can appear very different.