Speaking as someone with many imperfections and having been around the block a few times, let me offer some random musings for consumption and consideration.
Have you ever noticed…
- People who are the least tolerant of others tend to require the most tolerance from other people in dealing with them.
- People who tend to be hypercritical of other people or things, often cannot take criticism very well.
- People who say “this is the truth,” usually do so before or after something that is not truthful or is an opinion.
- People who say “this is the truth” are implying what they said at other times is not necessarily so.
- People who brag on how pious they are should not have to brag about such matters – it should be obvious.
- People who shout down your argument are using volume not quality as their argument.
- People who name call or label don’t have a very good argument, so they must resort to shorthand demonization.
- People can rationalize the most ridiculous viewpoints if they have decided this person best represents their interests, even if said viewpoint is antagonistic to their interests.
- People who have an easy solution to a complex problem often do not understand what the problem entails.
- People will agree with veracity of a source of information when it agrees with their position, but call that same source biased when it does not.
- People who ignore the facts tend to get agitated when facts are used to refute their argument.
Now, I want you to close your eyes and picture each candidate running for office. Do any names come to mind as you do? If so, then do yourself a favor and vote for someone else. Being politically incorrect does not give anyone license to lie, name-call or label folks. But, if someone is going to be candid, then he or she should be prepared for candor in return.
If you have friends that are like this, my strong advice would be to lessen contact with said friend, as it will be less stressful. If you have a business colleague like this, smile, say have a nice day and move on down the hall. If this is your boss, then you may want to put that resume together.
I know I likely irritate people, even though I try my best not to. And, if I must say something direct, I will be as diplomatic and nice as I can be. As that is how I would want to be treated if I am doing something irritating or if someone disagrees with me. Maybe, with a little more civility, we can get along better.