What everyone might think -- but no one says -- not easy being intelliguy

2년 전

It's a simple problem, but bigger than you might realize...


Quite often in decentralized social media or cryptocurrency projects, I put my ideas and thoughts forward, with a lot of risk on how they may be interpreted.

....in a group of people, you will find a lot of people have similar concerns, thoughts, and ideas, but very few are willing to risk the reprocussions of voicing them.

I am that risk taker. I'm not proud of that... but I do it, for the general good of those who won't.

If you take an assessment of any point in my history, there will people who will praise me for speaking up, or demonize me for doing the same thing.... That's simply difference of understanding why I do it, and their opinion.

What I have a problem with... is when someone asks on a conference call, "is there anything someone would like to say about this issue" -- and everyone falls silent for fear of risk taking being demonized for their opinion.

When I do come forward, quite often these 3 things happen:

  • I get praised by some, saying "glad someone asked that, or said that"

  • I spawn creative and constructive discussion about the current subject or topic

  • This becomes less about my opinions, and more about the community hashing out the topic on their own.

Sometimes when I ask a question, or table a subject for discussion that might be on people's minds... it helps. Someone has to venture into the unknown and say these things...


  • ...because things left unsaid, are undealt with, and they just brew and snowball into larger issues later._

...that's why.

So I put myself forth, in the public eye... to stop that from happening, at the risk of how I am perceived by many.

Questions to intelliguy:

  • Do you think that helps or hurts your situation long term? (oh I believe it hurts me individually short-term, but I think it helps the community long term when I do that... and with hope, they'll learn to see it and understand it.)

  • Why do you do that then, if it isn't the best solution for self-gain?
    (answer) That is easy, I am more about community longetivity than my own. It's a selfless act when I do it because no one else seems to want to self-sacrifice themselves during key pivotal moments.

To some, the next question might be:

  • What are you talking about? Seems like your rambling on about something I don't fully understand.

Read through my blog. Look at the difficult topics, subjects, and discussions I've posted. For instance, in my last post, I talked about Africans, Indians and Nigerians.

Rule of thumb to stay "safe" in the public eye -- don't stereotype people. Don't judge an entire country or culture by the way the public may perceive or classify them.

  • Countries and cultures are summed up by individual people. You can't paint everyone with the same brush. -- I fully agree!

....I know these things....

Why do you do it then?

  • ...because some people "do" stereotype. Some people "do" think these things... and some people, even if you are Indian, African, or Nigerian, might think similar things about their own country or society too.

  • So I put these "never talk about" subjects out there... so they can be talked about.

  • So that's what I found to be my niche with my blog, what I talk about voice, or write in text.

  • ..I talk about uncomfortable issues to get to the root of those issues... so they can be identified, discussed, and put to rest, once and for all.

Some of you might be keyboard warriors ready to dissect certain words, phrases, or points of mine. Before you do... look at my previous posts, read them in full... right down to the bottom. For instance, my last post, I actually gave $20 USD to someone who was trying to scam the system from India. Instead, I helped to mentor him, donated to him, and assist him in approving his behavior to the benefit of not only the community, but himself too.

That's what I do... I use my abilities and audience to assist and help people when I can.

...and if you want to demonize or hate me for that... well... until there is a better solution, that is what I will continue to do.

For those of you who took the time to read this post... thank you. :)

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Well, sometimes it just takes guts to talk about certain things. However, what I fear most about opinionated people like myself is that we fall into the believe that our opinions are right and not just our own perspective about an issue which might not be holistic in terms of weighing all the aspect to a conversation. I don't like to be that guy but sometimes you just have to be that guy.
Will check out some of your post to see how I can contilribute to the conversation

That is what defines you as Mister Intelliguy I find. It is your quality to bring some controversy in while quite well and eloquently explained without offending anybody, you tend to make people think just a step further.

And THAT is exactly what I like about reading your posts. Criticism, not running on the general opinion.. Never stop doing this amigo!

Yes, you have many times brought up difficult subjects. and that is appreciated.

But at times you are just as vulnerable to political correctness as the rest of us. I was taken aback by the shallowness of your interpretation of the man's thinking and motivations in this post of yours:


Aha! -- that is a controversial subject. I'm still on the fence post about Robert Reich.

There is somethings he's identified and says, that makes me want to fall in support behind his ideas.

The problem I find with this man, is that he's full of critiques, but has very few solutions or answers.

So please explain my shallowness, now that've heard my latest assessment of this particular topic.

...and as I've mentioned:

I spawn creative and constructive discussion about the current subject or topic

...and that's exactly what I'd like to do with you about Robert Reich.

Do you have reservations about him, same as I do?

You might ask.

"why did you seem to support and promote him then, intelliguy?"

...because I think people SHOULD see that documentary, listen to all the presentations, and then formulate their own individual opinion.

That is one of the very few posts I've made, where NO ONE said anything.

ZERO COMMENTS on that post.

That's troubling. That particular post is a fine example of what I try, and aim to do with my controversial subjects that I try to discuss.

Sometimes, people clam up, and won't discuss important issues, at any cost.

...all I can do is encourage people to do so... if they don't... it's not my fault.


There are times when you can say things that people might hear, and times when you can't (when the populous is caught in the grips of mass hysteria or war fever for instance). It is of little use to try to explain to a drunken crowd of sports fans, on a destructive rampage after their team won (or lost) a championship game, that their behavior is counterproductive. The wisest course is usually to avoid such situations (although there are things to learn about human nature by careful observation at such events too).

Criticizing Obama in the heady days just after his election to the presidency (remember his being coronated with the Nobel Peace Prize? - for what, exactly?) would only expose oneself to enormous backlash. Best to just observe, research, think, and work in the background.

Robert Reich is a Keynesian at the level where "economics" is a religion, not a science. He is a true believer and can't conceive of other paradigms. The problem exists at the very root, at the level of postulates that are just assumed to be fact without any evidence or proof. In other words, from the point of view of other paradigms, Keynesians assume things to be true that just ain't so (their interpretation of human nature for example). And then they build their castles on this false foundation.

Although I am not a particularly religious person, the problems is perhaps most succinctly put in the Gospel Of Matthew:

Matthew 7:24-27 English Standard Version (ESV)
Build Your House on the Rock
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”


I've spent a lot of time, while sipping coffee... replaying your response and thinking about it.

I fully understand your point.

Thank you for taking the time to articulate it. Not only may I get some good from that, but so may someone else....

It seems in today's world, people do build their houses upon sand... and then wait for government, business, or whomever, to come save them from every storm.

Sometimes it's not possible to always to do that, and complacency in this regard begins and ends with the house owner/builder who didn't realize they've set themselves up for failure.

The onus is on us, as individuals, to do what we can, to weather any storm.

Great advice, and I tip my hat to you, in order to thank you for your well driven point. Well done.