L1’s Almanac – With Regards to the A**hole Design Subreddit

Have you been to r/assholedesign?

It’s quite the satisfying and gratifying place to visit.

To complain about products that betray the functionality they seem to promise.

But does it really seem fair to call people assholes

for designing tools and food and websites and transportation

in a way that isn’t necessarily motivated

by the desire to inconvenience someone else?

Perhaps what makes you want to call someone an “asshole” isn’t their malice or recklessness or carelessness or greed.

It’s their will to be detached from their actions which is certain to result in that such inconvenience.

To call these crafters and manufacturers “assholes” is not simply to accuse them of possessing some sort of personality trait,

nor is it to call them out on being indecent enough to take no discretion in the products and services they designed.

it’s not even just to accuse them of being guilty of moments where they KIND OF choose

TO MAYBE defy their conscience, so very close and distant from being a good person.

It’s to try and find validation in the notion that it is okay to criticize someone for doing something that they might not be justifiably accused of.

Because people are always acting detached from the things they do, in order to get ahead in life.

Tell me, are you not at all, also the asshole?

Are you not, just a little, all that’s wrong with people?

Of course, you’re also all that’s right with people.

You’re trying to fix the world.

And so am I.

Published by commanderdoubledge

As strange as Willy Wonka, as sincere as Benjamin Franklin, I am the one who is going to bring purpose to the internet. I am Commander L1 Doubledge.

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