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June 20, 2006


hi bruno. welcome to our daily family desk discussion (since my son has started his blogs)... obviousely, the cultural shift has no chance to keep pace with the technical one (but that, we knew). i doubt there is any chance 15 years will be enough. so, i better help my son in keeping his blogs somehow presentable. great collateral effect: i get fit in junior's sms & keyboard grammars :-)

We have to learn to _forgive_, not to forget.

Forgives-ness not Forget-ness

We probably need to forgive more often, too. But in this case, I did mean: forget.


and I did mean _forgiveness_

On june 14th you mentioned how you discussed the social stigma resulting from enterpreneurial failure with Clay Shirky at the Aula 2006 conference in Helsinki.

Do you think social stigma of failure is reduced because people _forget_ that someone just has gone bankrupt?

And think of the people with whom you enjoy trusted relationships in either family or business. Do you _forget_ where they failed and what their weaknesses are or do you rather _forgive_ these weaknesses and act in way as to compensate for them?

I do agree though that "ignorance on purpose" can play an important role too, especially in close partnerships - in business just as much as in family: In all those cases where "to forgive" just seems impossible.

Hi Bruno,

in fact if, we can also see the appearance of a new form of politics, on which it might be more interesting to discuss the political matters rather than personal side notes. Many times, here in Portugal the most important discussion passes along side a more "flashy" one, like where has someone been or not.

It just a thought...

Personally I tend to look to the things I write about as way of loud thinking, and although I do write opinions I might in the future regret, the truth is that most of them are many times the result of an open conversation (blog comments) for instance, so it's only reasonable that I might come to different conclusions and opinions in the future about that same subjects. To me having the ability to be censured in realtime and have it saved somewhere is kind of liberating... but its just a personal experience I do know people who came across a much darker side of this of course...

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