Juxtaposition

In the field of Project Management, there is always a risk of miscommunication between the consumers of a product and the developers of the product.  This is often summarized with a common user complaint after the product arrives: “It’s exactly what I asked for, but it’s not what I wanted!”

On a tangential but almost related note, 20th Century satirist and social critic H.L. Mencken once remarked that “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

I think if one places these sentiments in proximity, one can better understand the “solidarity pledge” published on Monday by the The Daily Princetonian, particularly this gem:

Perpetuation of double standards regarding the establishment of affinity living spaces. While the University allows for students to live together based on shared artistic (e.g. Edwards Collective ) or sustainability (e.g. Pink House) interests, it has declined to allow living spaces based on shared race or ethnicity.

You know, I’m pretty certain that there was a really big fight over this, primarily in the Democratic South, from the 1950s through the 1970s.  A lot of people, black and white, came together and fought to END the “separate but equal” policies that were so prevalent. And now, hordes of melty little historically illiterate snowflakes would rather hide than fight to hold on to the social gains their parents and grandparents suffered to achieve.

Freedom costs, and it is worth fighting for.  Sadly, freedom also encompasses the right to choose to hide from the scary voices that one is historically and intellectually unequipped to reasonably combat.

In the vernacular, it all comes back to properly defining the product you want delivered. In other words…

Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it, good and hard. 

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