The Law of Mobility


Mark Cornick, December 2021

“If you find yourself in a situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, go someplace else.”

The intent here is to convey the agency that each participant has over their own participation. If you are enjoying the conversation, contributing to it, and/or learning from it, that’s a good place for you to be, and you should stay. If you are not, then it’s time to go and find something else that is more fulfilling.

… you need not feel remorse, anger, sadness, or obligation towards a community that is not right for you. Consider it an experiment that didn’t yield the desired results. Remember, there is no such thing as a failed experiment, as long as it yields data; even if that data is “Don’t do that again.”

I can’t stop thinking about this.

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