When you’re a public figure frequently appearing in varying media, you receive some bizarre emails. Here’s one from today:
“I’ve thought about, and I believe I can benefit from subscribing to
your videocast offer [Alan Weiss’s Common Sense® Worldview Weekly Video], certainly much more from these communications than some of the lame presentations I’ve attended at business professional
groups and associations.
“I have just one question about this: I like what you say, and it all
makes sense to me. However, as you said, expect opinions. You are
opinionated. I am, too. Does it bother you if I reply quickly with my
disagreement that has to do with your very subjective opinions that are
off the business track?
“I can’t listen to stuff and say nothing, I feel compelled to speak. I
don’t like Sinatra, and the Stones are way overrated, vitally important
to popular Rock music as they are. (I had pointed to Sinatra as an overwhelming influence on American music.)
“Can I reply what I disagree with if I hear you say something that I
don’t agree with? I don’t like shutting up even if it’s online. And
online is a vital communication method to me.”
I believe a sign of maturity is the ability to be judicious about what you use or don’t use from expert sources. That’s a personal choice. But the need to tell that source that you have a different opinion is a behavioral dysfunction that’s pretty severe. Imagine stopping in the kitchen and telling the chef she prepared the Steak Diane not as well as you do, or taking the podium, pushing the professor aside, and saying, “Let ME tell you why Baroque music isn’t melodic.”