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Hmm.  Well one could spend one's energy arguing against mainstream wisdom.

Or..  You could apply your energies into being productive.  Making things people want.  Performing work somebody wants to pay you for.  If you put effort into it, perhaps you manage to create some wealth.  And if you like, you can utilize it responsibly.  For instance, contributing to malaria research.

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Ideals are the ultimate motivators. But also the greatest causes of destruction.

A tip: Don't get too high on your ideals.

by cge on Fri Apr 14th, 2006 at 10:41:46 AM EST
You seem quite impressed with a certain way of contributing to the world. It'd be very boring if we were all the same though.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Apr 14th, 2006 at 10:52:46 AM EST
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One could also spend one's energy commenting on blogs where considerably different opinions from one's own form the mainstream.

Instead of working productively.

No?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 14th, 2006 at 11:07:01 AM EST
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It's not either-or.  Why not both?

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Ideals are the ultimate motivators. But also the greatest causes of destruction.

A tip: Don't get too high on your ideals.

by cge on Sat Apr 15th, 2006 at 06:25:07 AM EST
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It's your first comment above that proposes an either/or, that I repeated with a variation...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Apr 15th, 2006 at 08:13:40 AM EST
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