Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cynics v. Skeptics

"Cynics pass through life with a knee-jerk readiness to reject just about everything they see, hear, or even feel. Skeptics take in all-- but they do critically, pondering, and imagining the potential of each perception and, especially, each piece of received wisdom, critically judging is not to reject but to find."
(pg. 81 from Edison on Innovation, by Alan Axelrod)

When it comes to anything New people are either supportive or they against you. Of course there are those who just don't care but somewhere down the line I can guarantee they will have an opinion.

I have come to note that the people who are usually against you either cannot picture themselves doing what you are doing or they simply don't see whatever it is working. Don't let that deter you from your dream.

Let me debrief you on the History of Apple Computers. Apple Computers was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Woz). Woz at the time of creation (of Apple Computers) had been working for Hewlett Packard. Now, since Woz was engineering the personal computer on his own time, he had to inform HP about his new creation (which later became known as the Macintosh Computer). Upon telling HP about the new creation (the personal computer)- HP thought it was the dumbest idea they had ever heard. After the meeting Jobs and Woz were thrilled. You would think that HP's cyncism would have knocked both young men off of their high horse. That was obviously not the case.

Be weary of cynics because they are everywhere. For those of you who have seen the movie The Matrix- Think of the Agents inside the matrix as cynics. They can take over the body of anyone still inside the matrix (who isn't "unplugged").

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4 comments:

Michael Deeb said...

[Comment posted on www.Facebook.com on September 13 2008 at 1:20 PM]

I like this Charlie, it's so true!! Rejecting everything without a basis for doing so, is just as gullible as blindly believing everything that you hear.

"...if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish useful ideas from worthless ones. If all ideas have equal validity the... Read Moren you are lost, because then, it seems to me, no ideas have any validity at all." - Carl Sagan

Brooke Stevenson said...

Great. Who hasn't been shot down before for no reason. Point well said.

Jason Walters said...

SIR you are so true that is why i had a dream of starting a motocross team and with alot of hard work i finally am getting sponsors and looks like everything might work out! if there were more people in the world like yourself everything would be so much better!!thank you again for that blog it is so true.
best regards,
jason walters

Andy Fernandez said...

Love the matrix part.