At nearly 40 years of age I have a couple of basic understandings of life. Pretty simple stuff really. They are as follows:
- Perception is reality, and people don't always share the same perception
- Each of us has a distinct world view (or mental model) of how the world works that is built up, elaborated and refined over time. This is all based on our own experience of the world - it is rare that any two people share the exact same model
- He who thinks he knows, doesn't know. He who knows he does not know, knows. (~ Lao Tsu)
- Most of us are blissfully unaware of why we do the things we do... we like to think were in charge, however, our subconscious is really running the show (and we don't really have access to that - which is why I really like something Fouro shared with me a few years ago: "Self knowledge brings happiness")
I have a couple of other things I think I've learned during my short time on this planet, but that is enough for the purpose of this post...
Anyway, I got a comment the other day that really confused me. As long time readers of this blog can hopefully attest to, I try to write in a conversational and inquisitive manner. I have some ideas about the world, but in no way do I ever feel like I've got all the answers. So, I try to end every post with a question. I want to know what you think. I've learned a lot (TONS) from the people who have been kind enough to comment on my blog. From one-time commenters all the way to friendships that have developed as a result of this (Mark, Mike, Christopher, Aleah, Julian, Chuck, etc, etc.).
The comment was to a post I wrote named 'Products that enable crime' - it went like this:
Just stumbled across this post. So I assume you would agree that AOL, Yahoo, et al should be held accountable for child pornography, mail fraud, etc. that their systems enable. Taken just a bit further, I assume that if your comments section were used to initiate a terrorist attack or hate crime you would immediate turn yourself in as an accessory.
Now, I ended this post with the following couple of sentences:
In the end, it does come down to personal responsibility. We should each be held accountable for our actions. But what about the companies that enable crimes? Should they all be treated with the same set of rules?
What do you think? Is the comparison between Napster and Gun companies a stretch?
Brian, you should never assume, and you obviously didn't read the whole post. So, as much as I appreciate you taking the time to comment on my blog, because you seem like you might be a very intelligent person, I would hope that the next time you want to comment you do so in a bit more friendly manner... I mean, we've never met. You don't know me well enough to assume anything about me. I blog for three simple reasons - 1.) to meet interesting people, 2.) to learn, and 3.) to share what I'm thinking.