Friday, December 5, 2014

You're Wrong, Go Cry

Military doctor ready for your lawsuit-exempt operation
I've noticed over the years a lot of people ask my opinion on things, or a way-forward, as most of the people I work with are much younger than myself by at least 10 years, and I'm doing quite well for myself in life and what-not, which is nice.

What's in here?

Interestingly, most people literally freak-out uncontrollably when they ask my opinion on something and I reply that I don't like it.  I've been told I can get a bit "harlequin" about things, (ie. passionate) in my opinions.  If I don't like something and you ask, I'll say so; upfront.  Over the years I pause upon someone asking my opinions, because I know that I probably don't like something stupid when a guy asks me, "Whaddya think about... such-and-such?"  I know that if I don't like it, I'll say so, and then they'll rave on-and-on about that and be very upset, that I might be picking nits or being over-critical.  Apparently I've hit some sort of nerve.  I'm not sure if these people want me to just say, "Oh, it's great!  Everything you like is great and I like it too!" to satisfy their fragile, teen-girl-like self-esteem or something.  I explain quietly and in-detail what specific elements I don't care for, as, well, it's my opinion.   If I ask your opinion and you don't like something that I do, and then you explain why, that's fine.  I may not have considered your point-of-view!  I gain knowledge and wisdom from that.  I'm not a child.  You're just (understandably) wrong, and quite likely retarded.

She disagrees with me: Emma Blackery without makeup.

That's just it.  It's my opinion.  That's all.  I'm allowed and entitled to not like things for my own personal reasons (which are usually very clever and intellectual and well thought-out because, after-all, I'm an expert, along with eHal.) 

I creator of things!  I make a bay-bay!
Now, if you're a creator of things, like music or what-have-you, then that's great.  Good fer-yeeewww!  Still, I might not like some things that you did, like when you played all-retarded-like on the electric-hurdy-gurdy, or using a miniature couch incorrectly (for obvious reasons).  Use my explanation of criticism to advance, or at least consider it.  Don't have your pee-pee hurt because of it, lest you wear a girl-wig and rub girly perfumes all over yourself and frolic with unicorns in the gay-glen.  Just accept and learn, eh?  If you like it and I don't, that's fine.  It's your opinion, (however uneducated that is.)  This world has become so sensitive to negative feedback!  Sheesh, Gen-Zero'ers!  Really?  You need head-pets all the time?  You can be dumb and go on your merry way, little one.  Enjoy your dumbness and be told you're right when you're wrong. 

Ger'er DUN!

Good night!  (a ding-ding-ding-ding)..



  1. I never get tired of that ching chong potato picture...

    I don't mind when someone tells us they didn't like one of our books. We appreciate the candor. However, just as there's a right and wrong way to handle criticism, there's also a right and wrong way to hand out criticism.

    For example, the other day we were talking to a guy who didn't care for one of our books, which is fine. We don't expect everyone to like our novels. But all he could offer was completely subjective interpretations of why he didn't like it, like what he thought the character should have been like, and how he would have ended the story (his ending idea was gruesomely terrible).

    So if you tell us something like the writing gets weak in the middle or the beginning is a bit repetitive, we'll take that to heart. But if someone tells us they didn't like the story because the main character should have been Mexican and it should have ended with an elaborate dream sequence, then all we're going to take to heart is, "Don't ask them their opinion ever again, as they can only count to potato."