In Primo Levi’s book, “Survival in Auschwitz”, the true story is told of his time in the Nazi Germany internment camp. One of the most notable lessons taken from the autobiography is the simple patterns used to rapidly dehumanize hundreds of thousands of people.
It began with making each person that came off the trains feel invisible.
Nothing dehumanizes a person like feeling they’re invisible.
You challenge this past week was to find the “Invisibles” in your environment. In the earlier post of this week, we discussed the cleaning woman who was the invisible person in Walt Bessinger’s senior class.
For you, however, this person may be the CNA, the new nurse on the shift, or maybe it’s someone in your own team.
So why does this matter? Because earning the respect of others starts with you respecting everyone. Not just the ones who are at or above your level. When you lose sight of the people doing the front line work, your legacy will be limited.
Written by Emma Pister and Karl Pister