Re: Dissent and multiple viewpoints
On Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 03:26:19PM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> Have we really forgotten what it is like to jointly work on
> something when every one is not a rah-erah cheerleader? Where we can
> have people contributing who, not being fully convinced, provide the
> loyal opposition viewpoint, without being dismissively labelled as
> In a large project it is easy to carve off small groups of
> very like minded people, and doing so might even be nicer, since
> there is no differences of opinion; but then we have strong
> differences emerge between largely unrelated groups of people who are
> well along doing things at odds with each other.
> I think the ability to pull together on something even when
> one is mildly skeptical of the outcome would be invaluable to the
> strong proponents, since these skeptics provide an alternate
> viewpoint and also help provide a modicum of check and balance to
> irrational exuberance that might otherwise result.
> Dismissing co-operative people as whiners and and
> obstructionists if their views are not absolutely in line with the
> proponents loses the projects which display such characteristics of
> potentially useful contributions.
Seconded. :) I figured I'd also write something illustrative to avoid making
this an AOL message, but that would just detract from the point.
2. That which causes joy or happiness.