A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring.
Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)
According to Wikipedia “In Greek mythology, it was believed that drinking from the Pierian Spring (where the Muses visited) would bring you great knowledge and inspiration. Thus, Pope is explaining how if you only learn a little it can ‘intoxicate’ you in such a way that makes you feel as though you know a great deal. However, when ‘drinking largely sobers’ you, you become aware of how little you truly know.”
Some who claim to know parliamentary law illustrate how it is to be intoxicated by a little knowledge. In meetings they offer advice freely claiming that it’s in Robert’s but upon further inspection one cannot find any citation for their claim in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, the 11th edition (RONR). Their “it’s in Robert’s“ may be based on information from an older edition of the regularly-revised manual; it may be based on misquoted information; or their claim is only part of the story.
It’s a good time to start drinking deeply, delving into a more thorough examination of parliamentary procedure. A good way to do that is to have the 11th edition of RONR and to attend a parliamentary study group like the Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit (LSPU) that meets regularly.
Guests are always welcome to attend LSPU meetings on the third Tuesday morning of the months September through May. The meetings are at 9:30 at the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan, 1669 W. Maple. Guests are free to drop in for the lesson presented at 9:30 and for the entire meeting that ends by noon.
No matter what your expertise you will gain fresh insights and encounter situations and questions that are new to you. Either come for a little learning or come and drink deep!
The January 20, 2015 lesson will be on Committees, the kinds of committees and how committee meetings are conducted.