I do care what you think.
I don’t care what you think of me, or what you think of what I think, or what you think of what you think I think.
I don’t care what you think of me because I think what I think.
I do care what you think of me because you think what you think.
And I do care what you think.Journal
23 September 1978 supplemental entry
When I wrote this for the first time, I thought it was profound. Looking back, it may simply have been the lateness of the hour or the wisdom of a few beers. In vino veritas and all that.
However, as a philosophy of rhetoric, it ain’t bad, and it’s still true. I do care what other people think. As a writer, I should care more about what other people think and less about what they think of me. That’s one of the factors that has held me back as a writer: what we would now call imposter syndrome.
And to think that I wrote this 24 years before this man said this: