The eleventh draft of a proprietary document I spent weeks writing, locked under a legally-binding non-disclosure agreement, was 3,573 words. The twelfth draft was 3,676 words. Less than 10 people will ever have a need to read, or even skim through, that document. Once this gig’s up, it may reside somewhere for historical purposes, or it may be destroyed. I still took the same pride in placing my name to this document as anything I’ve written here. Why?
Entertaining opinions outside your own helps reinforce your opinions. Fully understand what is being argued, rather than ignore or lash out against challenging ideas. While regurgitating thoughts is easy, it’s not as rewarding as speaking your subjectivity. Let’s talk about the value of constructive “offensive” opinions as the introduction to this new not-quite Rants and Raves section, starting with: I like Nirvana more than any other band.