Today's thought

Asymmetric harmony

Cognitive dissonance is a hell of a drug for some people. They’ll speak of one thing, then practice something that’s so incoherently opposite that it makes you exhausted for them via the mental gymnastics involved.

One such occasion I’ve been seeing lately is where designers preach a philosophy of acceptance and creative diversity: Where the tools you use don’t matter, so long as you’re creating your best work and “adding value”… but then bash a new tool, its features, and all who use it, simply because it’s not what they're used to.

Their ideas sound good on paper... but in the real world, the need to feel powerful, sound smart, and fit in supersedes the high-minded philosophies that supposedly influence their actions.

Two things:

  1. Simply being consistent in what you say AND do sets you apart in people’s minds as someone they can trust. Stability is an underrated aspect of life, and showing that you’re not shaky and sway-able goes a long way.

  2. Let people like what they like. There’s nothing that signals immaturity and insecurity more than constantly taking jabs at people, things, and ideas that don’t jive with your preferences. Difference is what makes the world go ‘round — embrace the harmony of asymmetry.

Cognitive dissonance is a hell of a drug for some people. They’ll speak of one thing, then practice something that’s so incoherently opposite that it makes you exhausted for them via the mental gymnastics involved.

One such occasion I’ve been seeing lately is where designers preach a philosophy of acceptance and creative diversity: Where the tools you use don’t matter, so long as you’re creating your best work and “adding value”… but then bash a new tool, its features, and all who use it, simply because it’s not what they're used to.

Their ideas sound good on paper... but in the real world, the need to feel powerful, sound smart, and fit in supersedes the high-minded philosophies that supposedly influence their actions.

Two things:

  1. Simply being consistent in what you say AND do sets you apart in people’s minds as someone they can trust. Stability is an underrated aspect of life, and showing that you’re not shaky and sway-able goes a long way.

  2. Let people like what they like. There’s nothing that signals immaturity and insecurity more than constantly taking jabs at people, things, and ideas that don’t jive with your preferences. Difference is what makes the world go ‘round — embrace the harmony of asymmetry.

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