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New Years... Thoughts... - Jason
New Years... Thoughts...
This was too long for facebook...

It isn't New Years resolution time, and I don't do those anyhow, mostly due to Roy's Rules of Order. But, I do usually give myself a goal for the next year. Either last year, or the year before, I wanted to be more assertive. I.E. don't take crap from anybody... Well... I certainly lived up to that one. Living in Fall River, I feel I may have been pushed too far. So for this upcoming year, I want to go back to an old friend. Dale Carnegie quoted Ben Franklin in his book, and this will be my 2010 motto.
“Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody” - Ben Franklin (Supposedly, I didn't do a lot of research here, but Carnegie did write about it)
It is time to back off and go on the attack far less. Word of caution though. 1. It's still 2009! 2. I reserve the right to change my mind, in whole or in part, and according to the situation at hand... so be careful!
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royrossi From: royrossi Date: December 7th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Does exposing someone's bullshit qualify as speaking ill?
rs232 From: rs232 Date: December 7th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Herein lies a good question. Because mostly what I have been doing is exposing bullshit. However, sometimes I've slid into a more hateful position just because I hate them for being stupid, and corrupt... So, I don't know if that counts. I suspect there may be a fine line.
royrossi From: royrossi Date: December 7th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then I would not hold off not speaking of it. I would not be manipulated into keeping quiet by irrelevant charges of being negative or creating drama.

The test is whether you honestly think another intelligent person, upon observing what you observe, would make the same conclusion that something is corrupt or BS. "Corruption" and "Lying" are not subjective. And I can even understand the feelings of hate when you see victims of such blatant and abusive behavior.

The slippery slope is when you become hateful over disagreements on much less than black and white complex issues. When I see people becoming hateful over issues of abortion, war, taxes, health care, ect, then they have lost it, whereby their emotions become more important than their reasons and they feel righteous indignation over a disagreement whereby they dismiss the other side as being stupid simply because they disagree. We see this going on in the national arena.

But if you hate someone because they are not acting in the best interests of those they profess to be because of a lack of ethics for that position (whether it be office holder or personal relationship), that is understandable.

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