August 31, 2003

"Personal" quote

I've gotten some criticism for my discussions of what enters into my thinking, and for detailing the problems I feel affect my activism work. I have an aphorism for this:

"Yes, it's personal. I personally don't want to get sued!"

More deeply, change is done by people, not ideals. To refuse to think about how people struggle to apply ideas is to refuse to think meaningfully ("the personal is political").

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in activism | on August 31, 2003 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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Seems to me there's an easy answer to such criticism: This is a weblog, not a refereed professional journal or the front page of a newspaper. Your thinking process is part of what makes your comments worthwhile.

Once in a while, I worry about being "too personal" in Cites & Insights--but not for very long. Fortunately, my readers appear to be less adversarial than yours...

So consider this a vote for "Tell us what you think, in a way that works for you."

Posted by: Walt Crawford at September 2, 2003 01:39 PM

Keeping it personal in a postive way keeps it real.

Posted by: dave at December 10, 2003 08:40 PM