I’ve known Eric Green for years, spending at least three working side-by-side as we both learned how to lead. He is a unique combination of humility and wit, as well as an endless source of Twitter wisdom. He posted some of the following on Twitter, and I asked him to put together a blog post. He obliged, and I’m happy to share it. If you want more of Eric’s insights, follow him on Twitter @ericgreen.
I simply want to help people. When I make a mistake, or when I observe another’s mistake, it’s only good manners to try to spare someone else the trouble. Hypotheses are formed, which are then tested to be true, which then become laws that govern my future behavior. By no means exhaustive, and by even lesser means authoritative, here then for your perusal and edification, loosely ordered, are Eric’s Laws.
Don’t argue on the Internet.
If you do so choose to engage in online fisticuffs, understand that the person with whom you are engaging is a human being made in the image of God with differing experiences and perspective. It’s okay to learn from them. If you are civil, they may learn from you. But, if you enter the ring with a pre-fab [mic drop] comment, they *have* heard it before and you *will* get pile-driven from the top turnbuckle.
A copy/pasted status has never changed a mumbling thing.
An individual on Twitter with an egg avatar and a timeline composed entirely of @mentions is a negligible voice. Mute and/or block.
A stranger with profile pic containing a scantily clad female is a Russian scam. Skip mute and just block.
No good thing has ever come out of the comments section.
If you stop and think for a moment, you actually *can* believe what happens next. If you click the link, you will be disappointed, both in the article and yourself.
Also, don’t argue on the Internet.
The more one brags that one possesses no filter, the more one is in need of said filter.
The more one claims he is “alpha” or “thoroughbred”, the more afraid he is that he is not. The emptiest can rattles loudest. Empathy, patience, and pity are all warranted.
The more quiet one is, the more one must be listened to when he does speak. There’s gold in them thar whispers.
Introverts and extroverts alike will blame their respective predispositions for behaviors that may actually stem from insecurity. Examine yourself and apply accordingly.
If you feel the need to tear down, build something instead. Being critical is the sport of the unaccomplished.
Brands build themselves if you pay attention to integrity.
Keep a watchful eye on those who are unironically excited by the prospect of a zombie apocalypse.
The more power a politician seeks, the more they will demand that you be afraid of something.
That’s actually about it for now on politics. Also, don’t argue politics on the Internet.
You are allowed to be snobby about exactly three things. Any more requires more effort than it is worth. For what it’s worth, my three are coffee, grammar, and the merits of lump charcoal over propane.
The more afraid you are to dine at a BBQ place, the better the BBQ.
The Inverse Law of Tink: the more Tinkerbell memorabilia one owns, the less one resembles Tinkerbell.
The Taz Corollary: the more Tazmanian Devil memorabilia one owns, the more that dude is gonna look like Taz.
The more an article resembles a list, the more likely it is that the author possesses little to no journalistic training and is, in fact, a hack and a wannabe.
Eric Green is a husband, father, and pastor from Loganville, GA. He blogs occasionally at ericgreen.tumblr.com whenever tweets exceed 140 characters.