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MAGNETS OF CONTROVERSY

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 13, 2013

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– People who question the status quo are often under attack.

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There are those people who avoid disrupting the status quo at all costs. You know the type; they are politically correct to the point where they hide their head in the sand so they may not be noticed and fear any form of criticism. They may have an opinion, but they dare not speak it openly. The media counts on such people with empty minds as they can be easily shaped and manipulated.

Then there are others who are magnets of controversy. They are not afraid to say what is on their mind, right or wrong, regardless of the consequences. I tend to believe I fall into this category. My numerous articles on business, politics, and life’s passing parade has earned me the ire of people on more than one occasion. You may not always agree with a position I take, but at least you know where I stand on an issue. While others are content being “Yes Men,” I tend to point out when the emperor has no clothes. Such a style in writing is either appreciated for its candor, or despised by the staunch advocates of the status quo. It certainly does not endear me to everyone, but that is not my intention either. Rather, I am endeavoring to stimulate thought.

Winston Churchill deplored “Yes Men,” as do I. Mental gymnastics was important to Churchill. If you had an opposing opinion, he wanted you to stand your ground and defend your position as opposed to acquiescing. Such was his path to enlightenment. I tend to agree. Over the years, I have been fortunate to participate in numerous arguments, all aimed at seeking the truth. In an industry as young as Information Technology is, such discourse is vital. Unfortunately, too many people prefer going on automatic as opposed to engaging their brains. I have no time for such unthinking cabbages and pity their existence. However, some are caring and thoughtful, but lack the means to articulate suitable words. Consequentially, they tend to bite their tongues and avoid the limelight. What a shame.

Magnets of controversy are people who question the status quo in order to improve it. It’s an area staunchly guarded by the ignorant and unthinking, people who will zealously guard against any change. Some people are jealous of the attention such magnets receive and criticize them, more to discredit them as opposed to offering a refutation. While some people may disagree with me venomously, I do not take them to task as I refuse to lower myself to their level.

Our corporate logo since our inception has been, “Software for the finest computer – the Mind.” In the end, we are challenging people to use their intellect and question things that have either been taken for granted or to consider a new perspective. There may be good and valid reasons for maintaining the status quo, then again it might be time for a change. Either way, we should be allowed to argue our position. Such is my job as a magnet of controversy.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Copyright © 2013 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

NEXT UP:  WHAT ARE YOU KEEPING THAT FOR? – Good question. Perhaps it is time to clean house and eliminate the flotsam and jetsam.

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6 Responses to “MAGNETS OF CONTROVERSY”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A U.V. of Largo, Florida wrote…

    “I always had a tendency to “speak my mind”. As I grew older, I learned to “pick my shots” so to speak. My Mom always said that I wouldn’t make a good diplomat.”

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A C.H. of Oldsmar, Florida wrote…

    “WOW ! That is one GREAT dissertation. You “hit the nail on the head” perfectly. The Conservative movement NEEDS your opinion desperately, and often. Get that message out to the millions of us that need those convictions hammered into our heads continuously till it finally sinks in and,takes hold and becomes the mantra of the masses. AND, is reflected at the polls in 2014 and 2016.”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “I have a hard time accepting an opportunity to keep my mouth shut, especially when the subject is something I am passionate about. I can tell when I’m hitting a wall, however, and when it’s time to change the subject.

    My brother-in-law loves to argue. He’s like a dog with a bone when he gets his teeth into a controversial topic. At one point, we all decided to voice agreement with him just to end the discussion. That wasn’t good enough. He did not want us to agree, yet did not want to hear our opinions. That is hitting the wall over and over and the perfect time to go for a walk.”

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    A C.V. of Lansing, Michigan wrote…

    “I think I’m a magnet too…but my attitude is just like yours – at least you know exactly where I stand!”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    A B.M. of California wrote…

    “I suspect that I fall into the magnets of controversy category. I seem to incur the wrath of the politically correct folks quite often. Sigh… Oh well I got to be me. LOL.”

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  6. Tim Bryce said

    A J.W. of Clearwater, Florida wrote…

    “I like your article on Magnets of Controversy. I find it amazing how your digits can tap out such eye opening opinion. This article tells me that I’m generally a “Yes man”. I like to be a people pleaser. However, push me and insult my integrity, watch out! Your articles and opinions are valued by me. “

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