The debate is over: comments are a failed experiment

So we invented blogs and we added a comment section. Then we basked in the glory of our bright idea.

Comments started showing up everywhere: on products, on news sites, on social media sites…everywhere. Here is what it has proven:

That when left to moderate themselves, the loudest and most obnoxious idiots will dominate the conversation.

That every single topic from news to opinion to DIY home tips can become a platform to espouse political rhetoric and nonsense.

That the true nature of our country (USA) may actually be the lowest common denominator; and idiocy, misinformation and ignorance are far more prevalent than (some of us) wish it was.

Our experiment in giving everyone a platform and voice has yielded this single result: idiots refuse to behave and civility is a thing of the past.

Perhaps the only benefit to come from it is this: at least we now know.

Can we shut off the comments now? Because I think reading the comment section anywhere is slowly killing me.

**Now let’s prove me right by trolling the shit out of the comments on this post.  Let’s go people!**

Right, wrong, or preference?

I’m very opinionated. As a result, I have to focus on making sure not to confuse what’s right, what’s wrong, and what is a preference.

I like Asana for task management, and Evernote for notes. You may like Basecamp and a basic text editor. You may like an Excel spreadsheet and Microsoft Word.

I’m not right, you’re not wrong, these are preferences.

The closer the topic is to my area of expertise, the more I need to remind myself of the right, wrong, preference distinction.

Similarly when I’m out of my element, I’m probably too quick to assume someone else is right.

The world is so rarely black and white. So I think I’ll save my stubbornness for when I’m truly right…if I can distinguish when that is.

Watching water boil

“A watched pot never boils.”  This idiom is said to date back to the mid-1700′s, and is credited to the great Ben Franklin.

It indicates that things (appear to) take longer when you are waiting for it.

While it is true that our perception changes, the truth is that the water will take the exact same amount of time to boil as if we were not to observe it.

So while I work on my business, thinking of various ways to make it to grow faster, I try to stop and consider that the pot will boil, even though watching it makes me feel impatient.

In fact, when I step back and stop watching so closely, I can already see the simmer starting to rumble.

All in due time…and not a moment sooner.