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Friday quote: learning from mistakes

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams (1957 – ), ‘The Dilbert Principle’

I wrote and published a post on Friday about the ‘pursuit of ends.’  It’s a vitriolic post about the current state of things in America, particularly as pertains to our economic system.  It was a mistake.  If you come to the site, it’s no longer there, but if you get the blog by RSS or email you’ve probably seen it.  That’s fine, I wrote it and I meant it.  But I didn’t mean to publish it, for a simple reason:  it’s an angry political post, of the type I used to write (pre-2007) on brip blap in its earlier, political incarnation.  I don’t think it’s a positive thing, and I’d like this blog to remain relentlessly positive (particularly since I have some big changes coming up).

It’s not that I don’t believe what I wrote – I do.  I had put it in my drafts but didn’t realize I had scheduled a future publishing time, so it appeared.  I got one angry comment from a reader – sorry, Chris, I assume you’re no longer a subscriber – which made me realize it had gone live.  But even though I would stand by what I wrote, I just don’t want this blog to be too topical (i.e. looking at current events – I’d rather have ‘evergreen’ contents) and I don’t want it to be political.

If you follow me on Twitter (@bripblap) you’ll notice I’m fairly outspoken, sometimes harshly so, about politics.  I’ve also written again and again on this blog about how I think watching the news – particularly political news – is not only unconstructive but actually anti-constructive.  And I kick myself repeatedly for getting sucked back in, especially once the presidential election cycle ramps up.

So I allowed myself to make a mistake, and learned something from it.  First of all, put my political thoughts in my political Tumblr – and second, even I don’t like reading my own political rants.  That should tell me something.

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  • Marilyn

    Hey Steve

    I didn’t particularly mind that post. I am not an occupy Wall Street-er and I don’t see you doing that either. However, I think it’s important to understand where other people are coming from. Blanketly saying occupy wall street is stupid is ignorant. Some of it is stupid. Some people have valid points.

  • bethh

    I was fine with the post. My brother is an officer in the Air Force and is the only person I personally know who’s been at all involved with our current situation. I have uneasy feelings about the military and our role in the world but I am damn proud of my brother and am anxious as hell when he deploys. More people need to have a way to contribute, myself included – I shouldn’t get a pass because of my sibling.

    There’s a really interesting graphic/essay I saw on Facebook called “In Service of America” which has some arguable but thought provoking points. I don’t know if this url will work but it may: http://tinyurl.com/3bnoc6w

  • http://inthetrenches2009.blogspot.com Carol@inthetrenches

    I missed the post but have done that myself. Personally I like hearing the political rants of some of the financial bloggers. The bloggers seem to have more than the average common sense. Most other news sources are merely touting their biased stories to 1) get ratings, 2) promote the agenda that pays their bills. Many are so out of touch with what is going on that their “facts” are useless.