Responding to My Last Slashdot Troll
A continuing dialog with stupidity about my creative existence on the Internet.
This essay is in response to this comment. My last troll on Slashdot can’t respond on Medium without violating the Terms of Service (TOS). The response on Slashdot should be entertaining. You can read my other Slashdot essays here, here and here.
How you find the motivation and endless energy to plow into utterly futile pursuits is a mystery.
That’s because you’re not a creative person. You need a boss to dangle a carrot to motivate you and crack a whip to get you going. A creative person follows his own muse, letting the creative process drive his successes and failures.
Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before he invented the carbon filament for the incandescent light bulb. Most people are afraid of failing just once, much less failing 10,000 times. No doubt that the trolls of his day whined about the “utterly futile pursuit” of that invention.
Do you not see what is right in front of you? Nobody likes you. Nobody wants your opinion or presence. No one listens to your advice. Your tweets end up unread. No one thinks you’re intentionally funny.
Look in the mirror. You’re describing yourself. An anonymous coward who hides behind his keyboard. No one wants to read your copy-and-paste spam of my past comments and tweets. After four years of trolling of me on Slashdot, you need to move on and find a hobby. Goat herding, maybe?
You serve as a living warning sign, a human cautionary tale.
My favorite demotivational poster that hangs above my desk is Mistakes: “It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.”
You have let your past failures define you. Instead of learning from them, you double down on them.
You cannot have success without failure. Sometimes doubling down on failure can be a more rewarding learning experience for future success.