[FoRK] Radical Honesty
Reza B'Far (Oracle)
reza.bfar at oracle.com
Tue Jan 3 13:44:29 PST 2012
Awesome dude. I wish we had a "like" button for fork and I could put
your email on my facebook page :)
On 1/3/12 7:41 AM, Gary Stock wrote:
> Since others weighed in, I'll pile on. I didn't want to read that
> When I realized the other day that it was written by A.J. Jacobs, I
> expected it would be worthless -- since his writing usually is. That
> turned out to be true, as usual, so my first decision NOT to read it
> was the correct one.
> Jacobs makes up stupid tasks for himself -- like reading the entire
> encyclopedia then claiming to have been on a "Humble Quest to Become
> the /Smartest Person/ in the World"-- so he can have ~something~ to
> write about, because he's never had an interesting idea of his own.
> He seems to be a very good self-promoter, though. Somehow, he's
> managed to convince people at NPR that he's clever, so they invite him
> on for a ridiculous, insipid interview every now and then, after he
> gets done living biblically for a year, or wiping his ass with the
> other hand for a change, or whatever artificial garbage he came up
> with to generate another book or fulfill another open-ended contract.
> As for the rude dipshit, Brad Blanton, who espouses Radical Honesty,
> you only need to read one line on page four of the article to
> understand his world. After meeting at length with Jacobs, and
> exchanging a lot of email, he insists that Jacob will:
> "still need to take a workshop (price tag: $2,800)"
> Namely, Blanton's workshop, which is the reason Blanton continues to
> push his selfish shitfuck lifestyle. Regardless of Jacobs' assumption
> to the contrary, Blanton is, by definition, full of New Age Sewage.
> He sells his selfishness to other people who don't have an original
> idea about how to be, and aren't interesting enough, or smart enough
> to be THEMSELVES even for a moment, and who feel "full of life" and
> "authentic" when told exactly what to do, and exactly how to be.
> People like A.J. Jacobs. See how that explains what happened here?
> Jacobs isn't a real person, and Blanton instructed him how to be one
> -- if ever so briefly -- so Jacobs did it, and now is pretending it
> was interesting.
> What a load of incredible shit.
> Actually, page three of the article provides Jacobs' single relevant
> (though stupidly inaccurate) insight from the entire five-page waste
> of time:
> "I have a theory: I think Blanton devised Radical Honesty
> partly as a way to pick up women."
> Partly? See? There's the proof Jacobs is not very smart. Blanton
> didn't devise shit. Blanton is just a rude motherfucker, and realized
> that even when he was rude he could pick up ~some~ women, so he did it
> that way, and called attention to it (because he also likes attention,
> which makes him feel like his rudeness is somehow "interesting).
> Then he realized he could make money by telling other guys it was OK
> to be equally rude. That asshole didn't devise ~SHIT~. He's just a
> fucking con man who likes anonymous sex. Nothing new there. Congress
> is full of them. It's amazing he ~wasn't~ elected!
> By the way, I have exactly the ~problem~ that Blanton says is a
> desirable trait: I say what I think without filtering it very much.
> And people hate, hate, HATE that shit. It ruins intimate
> relationships. AND it makes it pretty goddamn hard to work with
> anybody who's NOT a genius.
> So, I STRONGLY advise against this Radical Honesty stupidity. It's a
> bullshit theory reverse-engineered by a bullshit artist who couldn't
> get his dick wet by being a decent human being.
> If that wasn't radical enough, I don't care.
> On 1/2/12 1:19 AM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>> I've sort of run across it before, but hadn't found the full dose
>> Doesn't seem like I hold back too much. (Hopefully I'll get time to
>> write up my discussion with the assigned officer for my complaint
>> before my trip. He made a surprisingly clear admission.)
>> TL; CnC (Too long, couldn't copy. ;-) )
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