“The pedant (that’s what we call someone who is pedantic, a picker of nits, eager to find the little thing that’s wrong or out of place) is afraid. He’s afraid and he’s projecting his fear on you, the person who did something, who shipped something, who stood up and said, “here, I made this.”
Without a doubt, when the Beatles played Shea Stadium, Paul was a little out of tune. Without a doubt, the Gettysburg Address had one or two word choice issues. Without a doubt, that restaurant down the street isn’t perfect.
That’s okay. They made something.
Sure, make it better, by all means put in the time to bring us your best work. But no, of course not, no, the pedant is not our audience, nor is he making as much of a difference as he would like to believe.”
- They are the ones who are first to write you that email after your sermon.
- They are the ones who always offer their opinion, but rarely ever offer to serve.
- They seem good at identifying problems but never solutions.
- They love to focus on the minutia, often times missing the big picture.
- They are the people you cringe at the thought of talking to because they seem to only offer criticism and yet never a praise.
(thanks to Phil for a heads up on Seth's post)