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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.

12 Comments:

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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