Geeks are notorious for being opinionated.
But you knew this already, right? The fact is that geeks are just plain passionate about our technology – we know what we like and will oftentimes defend our preferred device/platform/language/etc. to the bitter end.
As with anything else, this mindset can often be taken too far and the thing is that I’ve seen this happen a lot within our subculture and it’s always kind of rubbed me the wrong way…
A few examples and/or specific topics of late interest:
- Rarely do you here reasons as to why Mac really is better than PC (or vice versa) that extends beyond FUD or personal opinion.
- WordPress is the most popular blogging platform, but if you were to stumble across a truly better system, would you use it regardless of the following? Do you even know why you would prefer one over the other?
- How often do you back up their “.NET sucks” or “Ruby is the greatest programming language yet” assertions with actual reasons arguing this point?
Sure, you can chalk this stuff up to nothing more than fun but if that were the case then entire sites, forums, applications, and even companies would’ve never been built. Though it is fun (and I get into the debates as much as the next guy), the reality of the situation does have some serious roots.
That said, there are two ideas that come from all of this:
Technology as Tool
Remember that technology is tool. I’ve yet to come across a silver bullet in any of the platforms, languages, hardware, software, or whatever else that I use (and I never expect to do so, for what it’s worth). Even though it can be difficult, I try to never keep myself so closely bound to a particular piece of technology that I end up passing up on something that could help me even more.
After all, when others ask me why I prefer a given application over another, I like to have concrete reasons as to why I prefer what I do.
The Danger of a Rigid Mindset
This mindset is dangerous. When left to the confines of technology, maybe it’s not such a big deal, but outside of this single arena, employing this mentality can generate a seriously flawed ideology. Even more so, I think it’s important not to let it permeate our faith.
Typically, generalized statements about Christianity that aren’t backed by any substantial ideas rarely hold up when talking with others about it. And just as I respond when others ask me about my technology preferences, I want to respond similar with respect to my faith – concrete reasons as to why I believe what I do.
Sometimes, I think it would be easier just to ignore all the back and forth about all this but it’s hard, you know? I mean, especially when all of you are so against anything other than the iPhone ;).