Just because it pisses you off doesn’t mean it’s stupid / worthless / wrong / nobody will like it. (How to and how not to consume any content)
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Those who suck at consuming content which to them is new / disruptive / revolutionary, in other words, which has the potential of turning everything in their lives upside down, and as such is disturbing to them
—they immediately treat it as if it was some kind of an assault on their current life philosophy (as a ‘they vs us’ situation), when it’s just someone’s thoughts,
—they immediately want to prove to this person how wrong he is, but they forget to factor in their own bias towards all those things they already treat as the truth about life,
—they immediately treat it as if it was something they can and should prevent — a dangerous new thought, a new life philosophy that will threaten status quo / the way they and all people they know live and how people “always” lived in their culture,
—they immediately treat it as an unacceptable questioning / challenging existing beliefs / established rules / fixed definitions (almost like an insult or lack of respect).
Whereas those who are open-minded do the exact opposite. They
—treat it as just someone’s thoughts, not as a ‘they vs us’ situation (not as somebody’s assault on their current life philosophy),
—realize that they’re biased towards all those things they already treat as the truth about life, and thus they don’t obsess over proving to this author at all cost how wrong he is about everything he wrote — they look instead for ideas and arguments which actually hold water,
—welcome it as a yet another way of doing things, thinking about stuff, and they don’t need to guard the world against it — they’re not on a mission to protect the status quo (the reality of the world they already know),
—believe that questioning / challenging existing beliefs / established rules not only isn’t unacceptable, it is necessary.