A surprising property of group personality: it is exponential, not linear. Two charming people are four times more charming than one person. Three boring people are eight times more boring than one person. Ten funny people are more than a thousand times funnier than one person (e.g. The Simpsons’ writing room, 1992-1998).
Therefore, you and I have two opportunities to create incredible value in the world. First, we can connect great people. Second, we can prevent not-great people from connecting with each other!
We celebrate those who excel at the former, because their successes are visible. However, the latter are rarely recognized, and never rewarded. We sweep them into disgraceful obscurity alongside QA testers, effective policy makers, and all other professions that successfully prevent disasters from ever occurring (and thus cannot be praised for their foresight). Yet they are no less heroic. No less vital to our collective progress as a species.
So let’s take a moment to raise our glasses to the disconnectors, our unsung protectors, preventing our nation’s idiots from stumbling into one other.