Kairos

April 29, 2019 AndreaP1224

The concept of Kairos can change how we approach rhetoric by giving us the ability to look at things in a opportunistic perspective. This is because the meaning of Kairos is: “Putting the two meanings together, one might understand kairos to refer to a passing instant when an opening appears which must be driven through with force if success is to be achieved. (13)” (Sheridan, Michel, and Ridolfo). I think of Kairos as seeing a gap in traffic and merging into it, why? Because there was an open opportunity. Another example of Kairos is what I did in my rhetoric paper, which was the idea of the “Crabs in a Barrel” mentality in the black community that is portrayed in the movie Super Fly (1972), the movie of praised and remembered for its drug dealing aspect, but I took the opportunity to examine the crabs in a barrel mentality between Eddie and Youngblood Priest. Another example of Kairos can be the topic of Divorce. Most people can think of divorce as something that happens because two people grow apart, or perhaps infidelity, or abuse, or even irreconcilable differences. But, I would take the opportunity to discuss the statistic that states that majority of divorces happen because of financial problems. It seems that the elephant in the room a lot of people avoid, it is a great opportunity to discuss financial issues in marriages. The concept of Kairos helps us to read between the lines and take the opportunity to extract a subtle aspect of something and turn it into a conversation.

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