When is it worth saying something controversial?

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-do-life/201411/when-is-it-worth-saying-something-controversial

Here are 11 things that many people think but don’t say. As a thought experiment, ask yourself whether and under what circumstances you might want to let ‘er rip?

  • You’re so rude. You don’t answer my emails or phone calls.
  • Boss (or supervisee), you’re the worst! You’re (choose one or more: stupid, lazy, dishonest.)
  • What in the world are we going to do with the 175 million people with an IQ under 100 in our information-age global economy in which ever more jobs are going to require high-level reasoning and learning ability? I see The Revolution coming.
  • You’re a hypocrite. You call yourself an environmentalist but live in a big environmentally wasteful house and drive a gas guzzler.  Or you claim to celebrate diversity but live in a neighborhood and send your kids to a school with few African-Americans and Latinos.
  • America is driven by marketing, dishonest politicians, and biased media. Ugh.
  • I applied for a job and you didn’t even give me the dignity of a rejection letter?! You left me hanging forever?! You disgust me.
  • I’m tired of people who play victim.
  • I’m tired of people who call for teamwork so they can slack.
  • You stupid materialist: You work at a job you don’t like just so you can have a fancy address, drive a Mercedes that’s three times as expensive as a Toyota and requires more service and repair, and you wear designer-label clothes that make you a walking billboard for a corporation and for conspicuous consumption.
  • You’re going to an art or music college? That’s a bizarrely priced four-to-six-year summer camp pretending to be a college that prepares you to make a living in an artistic career. Besides, you have no talent.
  • I’m tired of all the taxes and societal focus on those with the greatest deficits rather than on the best and brightest, who have far greater potential to contribute to humankind.
  • Life has no meaning. We’re insignificant specks unable to move the needle. So let’s just break out the booze.

The bolded are the ones that stand out to me, good topic material. We can do something about those.

One response to “When is it worth saying something controversial?

  1. Been there, done that, have the T-shirt.

    •You’re so rude. You don’t answer my emails or phone calls. [[[[Let’s step outside so I can beat your ass to a pulp without staining the carpet.]]]]

    to coworker, 2009

    •Boss (or supervisee), you’re the worst! You’re (choose one or more: stupid, lazy, dishonest.) [incompetent]

    to boss, 2008 [I’m self-employed since 2010]

    •What in the world are we going to do with the 175 million people with an IQ under 100 in our information-age global economy in which ever more jobs are going to require high-level reasoning and learning ability? I see The Revolution coming.

    In graduate-level class discussing race in context of engineering profession. Written in correspondence, 2008.

    •You’re a hypocrite. You call yourself an environmentalist but live in a big environmentally wasteful house and drive a gas guzzler. Or you claim to celebrate diversity but live in a neighborhood and send your kids to a school with few African-Americans and Latinos.

    To frenemy at her home, 2013.

    •America is driven by marketing, dishonest politicians, and biased media. Ugh.

    Disagree: America is driven by hard-working individuals. When that stops, so does America… in 5,4,3…

    •I applied for a job and you didn’t even give me the dignity of a rejection letter?! You left me hanging forever?! You disgust me.

    Uh, if ever there was a moment to ask, “Privilege?” this is it. Now that I’ve been in business for 4 years, I don’t market work. EVERY CLIENT IS BY REFERRAL.

    •I’m tired of people who play victim.

    To mother, some months ago.

    •I’m tired of people who call for teamwork so they can slack.

    To child’s school administrators, last week.

    •You stupid materialist: You work at a job you don’t like just so you can have a fancy address, drive a Mercedes that’s three times as expensive as a Toyota and requires more service and repair, and you wear designer-label clothes that make you a walking billboard for a corporation and for conspicuous consumption.

    To sister-in-law, 2005.

    •You’re going to an art or music college? That’s a bizarrely priced four-to-six-year summer camp pretending to be a college that [[[[[[can’t]]]]]] prepares you to make a living in an artistic career. Besides, you have no talent.

    To daughter, upon hearing her mid-semester biology grade at college, October.

    •I’m tired of all the taxes and societal focus on those with the greatest deficits rather than on the best and brightest, who have far greater potential to contribute to humankind.

    To Governor of Arkansas, sometime between 2004 and 2006.

    •Life has no meaning. We’re insignificant specks unable to move the needle. So let’s just break out the booze.

    Upon leaving Southern Baptist Convention, sometime after 2000.

1. Be civil. 2. Be logical or fair. 3. Do not bore me.

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