This is a very short blog about a few things that have been brought to my attention following on from the whole ridiculous ‘dinosaur‘ fiasco that I want to offer some comments on and if possible ‘nip in the bud’.
The first, is that it has been brought to my attention that some have seen the regular questioning, critique and comments I make against the many outdated thinking, reasoning, methods, fads, gimmicks, woo and quackary as motivation to do the same.
This is immensely humbling and I encourage this to continue!
It has also been brought to my attention that some may have got themselves into difficulty and/or trouble by trying to challenge and confront others rather clumsly and rather disrespectfully, and it has been suggestted that this is due to them possibly imitating my own occasional clumsy and head strong methods.
Please don’t, please stop!
I am the first to admit I can be like a bull in a china shop at times, engaging the mouth before the brain, and I will also admit I can be blunt, direct and not the most polically correct from time to time. But I am aware of this, and I accept the consequenses that occur because of this, and believe it or not, I am trying to improve on these flaws (although at times I think they are very positive traits to have when sh*t needs to get done).
I urge all who question and challenge anyone, about anything to be mindful of how they do it.
Respect the rules, respect the logical fallacies, respect the difficulties in communication that can occur, especially online, and at the end of the day, respect your fellow human beings.
I won’t go into the debate again whether using the word ‘dinosaur’ to describe someones outdated views is, or is not, disrespectful as thats been argued to death on both sides. Just to say please, please think carefully about the consequences of what and how you say things.
The other point to make, is that some have suggestted that as a physiotherapist who has a code of conduct and rules and regulations to follow, my argument of having the right to free of speech is flawed, and that actually I dont have this.
I understand this, codes of conduct are there to protect and guide, and so do indirectly constrain free speech. However due to the society we live in we are fortunate that they do not prevent it.
Simply put, we do all have the right to free speech, however, we have to be aware of the consequences that this freedom can have at times, from rebuke and rebuttal, to legal or disciplinary action, or even for some persecution and threat.
So I will finish by saying, please keep questioning, please keep challegening. But please don’t copy me, and please be respectful and aware of the possible consequences.
Thanks again for all the support
PS: the next few blogs will be back to clinically meaningful matters, I promise!