The Learning Curve

New tricks for an old dog.

Shortage of opinions

In the 1992 film Last of the Mohicans, Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) tells the British commander of beseiged Fort McHenry that a Huron war party is destroying English homesteads to the south along the Hudson Valley. Hawkeye implores the British Colonel to release the colonial militia defenders of the fort, so they may return home to defend their wives and children. It was a good idea based upon first hand knowledge, especially since the fort was doomed regardless.

Colonel Edmund Munro replies with equal passion, “I need more proof than just this one man’s opinion!”

It’s tough when you’re challenged to prove what you’ve seen with your own eyes, and an insult to Hawkeye. He was a woodsman unfamiliar with the hierarchical worldview of 18th century British mititary.

Seth Godin writes today, “If I want your opinion, I’m going to want it for something where you might be wrong, for something that actually makes a difference and most of all, for something where you are putting yourself at risk.”

I take it that Seth is talking about himself only. He likes to stir things up and he is quite skillful at it. Most opinion gathering is institutional and statistical, all in pursuit of hidden agendas and risk avoidance . . . aiming for the middle of the Bell curve.


Written by Tom Fox

07/11/2010 at 4:06 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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