Tuesday, September 28, 2010
A group of us have been corresponding with this chap (I'll call him Jeff because that's his name) in discussion threads for going on years and have delighted in his wisdom, wit and intelligence. No one knew Jeff had suffered any type of extraordinary hardship. Far from it.
His comments came out in response to a word someone used off-handedly – in conversation – innocently. Others took exception to the word. Then Jeff posted. His comment was based on the hurt that words command. He was gracious enough to explain that it's not the word that offends, but the intent of those who utter it.
He taught me a lesson today. Thanks Jeff.
Who amongst us cannot claim some personal deficiency? Who are not sensitive to those deficiencies being used for others to feel superior?
The bigger question, I suppose, might be: what would happen to this world if we were to concentrate on what works as opposed to what doesn't?
The handcuffs that society places on all us imperfect people might come off...
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 8:47 PM