"I put an unhealthy amount of stock in the opinions of strangers, that’s exactly what makes me do stupid things, and, poetically, that’s what makes the punishment so effective. Thirty people a day calling me an asshole makes me know and feel, in my heart, that I am an asshole. I’m a real “customer is always right” kind of guy in that regard."
This is exactly how I am right now, and frequently at other times, but in a much less grand and much less noteworthy way than someone of Dan Harmon’s stature. When people—anonymous or semi-anonymous internet people—say my work is shitty, I lose major amounts of sleep. I lose sleep when I think there’s a chance that maybe someone might say it’s shitty, or say that some restaurant’s appearance on some random map I’ve done is the result of graft/unethical behavior or of me being an idiot or of me being bad at my job.
We take ourselves too serious sometimes, I think. To quote my grandmother, who frequently says insightful things that I instinctively commit to memory: “I think it’s a sin—if there is such a thing as sin—to waste even one day not being happy.” So the first quote here is from Dan Harmon, that second one is Pattie M Macurdy, matriarch of the surviving Macurdys.