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Friday, January 27, 2006

There's a fine, subjective line between honesty and brutality. The trouble usually lies less with the truth being told than the manner it's delivered.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we are eager to hear the good spoken about ourselves, we must as eagerly listen to the bad spoken about ourselves.

3:06 AM  
Blogger Andiar said...

The truth is never offensive. If something offends us, and it is true, then we need to reconsider what we base our reality on.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

They panned your article on your sexual history, hunh?

Shake them haters off!

They're just jealous.

I can't stand it when people take the words, "Give me your honest opinion," to mean, "Berate me with your jackass witticisms."

"Oh, well I hated it so much that my butthole turned inside out! Ahaha, yes!"

5:44 PM  
Blogger Cibbuano said...

Who panned his article on sexual history?

6:42 PM  
Blogger Christopher Zane said...

I think it's ironic that someone delivering a statement on accountability would make it anonymously.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Christopher Zane said...

Cibby--I'm taking an intense writing course right now.

My first paper was on the women I've dated in my past--I have no idea how it was received yet.

I'm planning on posting a version of it on Do Land soon.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Cibbuano said...

intense writing? Serious.

Watch out though... last year, three NFL defensive linesmen died from heat exhaustion in one of those writing courses.

1:11 AM  
Blogger gojettago said...

sounds like "anonymous" is in the business of writing fortune cookie fortunes. :oD

Don't be discouraged. In a class like 325M, there will inevitably be someone who proudly disdains "constructive" in favor of "criticism." Sometimes, after a particularly withering edit, you'll grudgingly have to admit he's right, though you might wish he'd said it with more tact. That's just how it is--you'll get used to it.

(of course, sometimes, after a particularly withering edit, you'll think, "hmm, no, I'm still right and he's still an asshole." That's another thing 325M teaches you. Discernment.)

3:38 AM  
Blogger Christopher Zane said...

I should confess--it wasn't that my paper was panned (as far as I know); it was the other way around. My edits were accused of being more criticism than construction, which I don't think is true.

I interpret anonymous' comment to mean that if I can dish it out, I better be able to take it.

Having not seen the edits on my paper yet, I agree with Andy's statement that the truth is never offensive. I don't know how anyone can feel otherwise, especially in a class where we're expected to learn by the comments of our classmates.

I expect and demand the kind of straight-forwardness I exhibit on my edits from everyone in class. Anything else isn't helpful.

7:58 AM  
Anonymous LK said...

Irony shmirony...I prefer to think of my posting anonymously as a classic case of being retarded. A few drinks + a very late night + blah blah blah= LK too retarded to name the post.

What I meant by the comment is something quite simple- if you want to listen to and recieve all the compliments in the world- you should be equally ready to listen to and recieve all the criticisms in the world. It's not about accepting what one dishes out- it's about accepting the "good (strengths)" and the "bad (weaknesses)" in ourselves. Andiar made the point= If we're percieving truth as brutality, maybe we need to realign our expectations and what we choose to accept as our own percieved image of ourselves.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Christopher Zane said...

I've been wondering if this post would become the center of a debate within the class, and it turns out that as far as I know, no one from the class has even read it--or at least cared enough to comment.

Now that's irony.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Cibbuano said...

You mean, you were hoping that this post and its subsequent comments would elevate you to Rock Star-like status in your class?

Give it a little time.

11:47 PM  

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