25 Aug 2001 tunesmith   » (Apprentice)

Ran into an interesting kuro5hin posting today... The subject matter is crashing-economy, tech-layoffs, stuff we've heard before, but one of the quotes in the article caught my eye:

My geek friends aren't alone... one of my friends hit rock bottom about four months ago; I heard he was nearly ready to break down and cry a few times.

So I wrote a response... the impression I get is that my opinions here are cutting against the grain of geekdom. It's too bad. It's sort of a pet peeve of mine, the attitude that emotions are either alien or irrelevant/inconvenient or that they're only okay to experience in a head-based conscious talk-around-them manner... and not to also be experienced on the gut/physical level. I think that attitude is a lot more dangerous to society than folks want to realize. The folks that learn to be emotionless can develop a spectacularly underdeveloped sense of empathy for others, and that's pretty scary when they attain positions of power, whether it's a CEO, political leader, school nurse, or parent. Best I can do to fight that is to make counterpoints when the opportunity presents itself, I guess...

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