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Challenge - Salvador Dali in a lawn chair.
I'm invisible without 3D glasses.
I set a challenge to myself.

Starting at this moment and for the next three weeks, I will endeavor to write and speak without equivocation, to kick away the crutch of caveat, to eschew over-reliance on qualifiers, and lash myself so tightly to the edge of callousness that I no longer require courage to write a simple opinion.

In times past, I have watched my thoughts transform to toothless arguments on the page.

Let me restate: My writing is weak because I fear misinterpretation and dislike.

I use multiple adjectives where one would suffice, or none. I list a dozen exceptions or counterarguments (as I was taught to do in academia and persuasive writing so as to render my opponents' attacks ineffectual) and watch as their length nearly exceeds that of my original point. I acknowledge that I could be and am often wrong before nearly every opinionated statement I make. The power of my own words is lost in elaborate clauses, parentheticals, and cowardly lists of why, even if you disagree with my opinion, you should still like me.

While I am proud of myself at examining a situation or contentious issue without prejudices, I shall no longer be a flaccid writer in an attempt to convince you that I'm a good thinker.

I will be direct. I will no longer be overly polite to people out-there-in-the-great-wide-internet whom I may never meet.. Nearly (see! a qualifier! If I generalize, I should at least do it fully!) everyone has lost their appetite for directness. I point out the public's overuse of the words "like", "seem", "sorta", and "almost".

I have given this challenge a time-span of three weeks, not because I wish improvements to cease after that time, but rather to force myself to re-examine my performance - whether I fail, succeed, or over-succeed by being too callous.

I will also try retrain my brain to stop treating my statements as confessions. I will fight back the feelings of exposure and fear of reprisal even when it is likely that they may come.

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gsan From: gsan Date: January 24th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC) (link)
Good luck :) that's some hard stuff to do. Lord knows I've tried to become more direct in my communication quite a few times; I'm hoping it'll actually work at some point!
birdofparadox From: birdofparadox Date: February 1st, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (link)
I support this venture in directness and daring!
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