Pissing People Off

<Aug. 15/13> Now there’s a topic for you, eh??

It has just occurred to me that I have all my life had a rather inordinate horror of pissing people off.

I suspect it arose from those Complicated Family Dynamics in that dysfunctional family I was born into (me & everyone, I know, I know… ).

Okay. So I have this possibly extreme horror of PPO.

Pretty much anytime I have busted the PPO meter & PPO in a big way, Disaster (with a capital D) has quickly (sometimes VERY quickly) Followed Suit.

People who know me know I risk PPO daily, pretty much, with this blog & in my life as an activist.

Probably no one but I has any idea of my real horror of PPO … on the down & dirty personal level.

It’s very-very odd, I grant you. I will risk – even court – arrest, for PPO – the ones in “authority” – those strangers – the faceless bureaucrats & technocrats – the ones who Really Run Things (& Really MESS THINGS UP ).

But I am terrified of PPO on what you might call the “micro” level.

[btw, if you wish to understand the source of this proclivity of mine to use capital letters, you can blame the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne. I am Much Influenced by Milne’s Bear of Very Little Brain.  ]

Okay. There you have it!

Today I have probably pushed the PPO meter pretty hard. & I may go on pushing it.

Just because. Because, because.

Becos’ – I dunno why.

Because I can??

It’s a Scientific Experiment, you see. How Far Can JM Push the PPO meter? Will there be Lasting Consequences? Will it Change My Life? How Brave am I, really?


p.s. I probably wouldn’t bother posting this silly little (let's be honest, probably slightly beer-enhanced) item except that I bet there are lots of other people who also rassle with an inordinate fear of PPO, whether at the macro or the micro level.

p.p.s. How to PPO without Really Trying. Very quick tutorial!

  • Simply Be Utterly Yourself – yourself, unfiltered
  • Tell the Truth – the whole, unvarnished “nothing but the truth” truth.


(Just don’t tell anyone you got that advice here, OK?  )

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “I didn’t mean to be brave, it just happened when I panicked.” – Allegedly said by Piglet (a character in the A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh stories)

Runners-up: “Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy, in a speech in Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.

“For every nine people who denounce innovation, only one will encourage it… For every nine people who do things the way they have always been done, only one will ever wonder if there is a better way. For every nine people who stand in line in front of a locked building, only one will ever come around and check the back door. Our progress as a species rests squarely on the shoulders of that tenth person. The nine are satisfied with things they are told are valuable. Person 10 determines for himself what has value.” – Za Rinpoche & Ashley Nebelsieck in The Backdoor to Enlightenment (Three Leaves) – quoted in Oprah Magazine Jan. 2008