There is no word I use so often and dislike so much as I do the word “engagement.” It is overused, it sounds like it was lifted from an 80s business seminar, and—its worst crime of all—it is vague.
Because the word is already ubiquitous, we can’t get away from using it. So we try and try again to redefine it instead.
At Switchboard, we begin our weekly team meetings with a segment called “Hello, we’re people.” It’s a chance for us to be light-hearted and share something about ourselves. For example, what our favorite kind of pie is, or what sort of crime we’d most like to adjudicate as jurors (high-level white collar crime, across the board).
In that spirit, today I’m writing about how my understanding of Daoist philosophy informs my relationship with that terrible word—engagement.