Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Brief Exchange with Matt Drake

Here as an initial exchange that took place between me and Matt Drake. We'll see where things go from here:

Matt:

Hey Eric,

Hi! How are ya?

I'm sorry for the slow reply to your blogs about me. I'm not ignoring you! I read each of them and I've been thinking about how best to respond.

The truth is, I'm not sure how to respond. You raise a lot of fair points, points I'd love to talk about with you. But I wasn't sure about whether or not talking with me would be the sort of thing that would help you out.

You seem to be very frustrated with me. And you seem to have a very low opinion of me too. And it's fine if you do, but if that's truly the case, I'm not sure you'd really want to talk with me anyway.

I sort of got that sense in your posts. That maybe it wasn't so much that you were interested in talking with me, but maybe you were concerned for some people you know and love, and were worried that some of the things I had said could really hurt or confuse them.

I don't know if that's true, but if it is, I think it's pretty cool that you care about people so much. It seems like you have a real passion for the truth too, and that's awesome!

But I think the thing that I appreciate about you the most is your gift for organized thought. You have a strong, clear mind, an attention to detail, and an ability to fit ideas inside of boxes and to build those boxes into systems of thought, and then to evaluate their implications. I love that! Whenever I find that talent in someone I truly admire it because it's a talent that I always wished to have but I lack the organization of mind.

You're also a strong communicator. You have a no nonsense approach and its very appealing to some people.

I'm confident that one day you will be a great defender and champion of our faith. I look forward to that day, and I will be a great fan of yours. I hope you have the opportunity to debate influential people, to publish important ideas, and to provoke us all toward the fact that not everything is subjective and pick-as-you-like. When that time comes, I will count myself lucky to have been among the first whom you challenged.

But here's the thing. I'm just a guy, and it seems like I'm a guy that you really don't like. So my hunch is, I won't be the guy who you want to eat lunch with. I hope that whoever that guy is, he is a gentle guy who is very different from you in all the right ways.

I'm rooting for you Eric,

~ Matt

PS – You’re welcome to do whatever you like with this note. You can reply or ignore it or you can publish it on your blog.

Me:

I appreciate you're response and perhaps I will put it in my blog. I also appreciate that you took the time to look at what I've written.

In all honesty I really wanted to address your ideas and not make it a personality vs. personality issue, or make it about whether or not we like each other. I'm sure our personalities would click just fine over a cup of coffee.

Since you haven't responded to the points I've made, I'll leave those issues sit for now.

My biggest concern at this point is the nature of what you try to put forward as humility.

I need you to understand that in spite of the apparent self doubt you express in your blog and even in this response, many people take your words as gospel, and I fear that this just might be your goal.

You do in fact communicate a very strong message through your writing and putting on a self doubting face during or after writing your posts doesn't change that... In fact, in our culture, it makes the message stronger. Again I fear this is your intention.

At best it is inconsistent and at worst it is a bit deceptive.

Again, thanks for the response and perhaps we will meet again in the not too distant future. Feel free to shoot me another message, I'm always open to conversation.

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