The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know. Napoleon Bonaparte
If I received $100 every time someone told me that he reads my blog, agrees with much of it, but doesn’t always agree 100 percent, I could retire my substantial house mortgage. I’m not sure why there’s a need to tell me you disagree with me without further explanation. I would much prefer that you engage me in intellectual discourse, and tell me why you disagree or what you disagree about. That would be beneficial.
I don’t blog hoping that people will agree with everything I say. I started writing because I felt the need to empower people to think outside-the-box, just as Geof Gleeson had empowered me, and to begin a dialog that would help us grow Judo. My blog allows me to educate the Judo community as much as it allows the Judo community to educate me. Unfortunately, the Judo community can’t enlighten me if it agrees with me, or if it disagrees, but won’t tell me why.
I value open, intellectually-driven debate because it allows me to better understand where my detractors are coming from. Debate can also point out problems with my own ideas and thoughts. I’m grateful for the passion and concern of those who disagree with me. Your comments will spur worthwhile discussions. Of course, they can also be the catalyst for future stimulating posts.
Edgar F. Puryear Jr. states in American Generalship: Character is Everything: The Art of Command that one of the main characteristics of leadership is an aversion to “yes” men. While I appreciate positive comments, I’m grateful when people are kind enough to take time out to offer opinions that are contrary to mine. These viewpoints keep me on my toes.
So, feel free to disagree with me all you want. Don’t be shy. If you don’t agree with me, I’d like to know why. This is what I would consider intellectual discourse, and mutual welfare and benefit: a win-win situation for Judo.