Okay, this is becoming a bit of a steam let off from the flyingsolo.com.au forums it seems, but sometimes I do just need to laugh out loud and they don't have quite the sense of humour over there as here...
In a current thread, someone posted about a great community youth business initiative in the UK, which created a discussion about buying local ...etc.
Basic two sides, as per most discussions on the subject:
- For: It helps local business, community ...etc.
- Against: It doesn't help anybody as business doesn't need to innovate, can sell low quality at higher prices, and why should I be any less concerned by a community in India ...etc.
Anyway, funniest comment arguing for the buy local mantra at all times is from someone who is apparently launching a website that at the moment has a holding page showing a world map covered in a network of lines, saying the following:
*"Join the [website name] community to revolutionize the way you can interact with the world around you. Manage your assets, be it properties, vehicles, tools or electronics through their life cycle including acquiring, repairs and maintenance, leasing and selling."*
Sounds like their website is promoting the exact opposite of what they're writing. And some are unhappy that I've used the term "hypocritical" in the discussion.
The guy above having a problem with the discussion evolving into one where his point of view was questioned, so I suggested:
::And rather than blaming me for supposedly turning this debate aggressive, why not look in the mirror at the language you're choosing to use (which I've mirrored at the top of this post, ie "seemingly intelligent people")? If you can't handle folk challenging your viewpoint, and asking you to justify it, then a public forum on business ideas is not your ideal hangout. If you're after a forum where the only response to an idea that someone disagrees with is an "Oh that's lovely" and a smiley face, check out the local kindergarten forum. Though I hear they're being encouraged to engage in good, robust debates nowadays too.::
Dave. I'll tell you the story about the boy and the bee hive.
A boy named David liked nothing more than to go and poke the bee hive with a stick which would make the bees really angry.
The boy thought was very amusing and would laugh aloud with joy.
One day the bee keeper saw what the boy was doing and was very, very cross with him.
He shook his finger and told the boy that angry bees don't make the sweet, sweet honey that the boy loved so much and immediately banished him from the garden.
The boy then went down to the road to throw rocks at passing cars.