Blatant: (adj) bad behavior done openly and unashamedly.
There are certain words which close the door to communication. For instance, “inexcusable.” If someone tells me that what I’ve done is “inexcusable,” repentance is rather fruitless.
Such is true with the word blatant.
I have found myself in the midst of discussions which turned into arguments as they became bottlenecked by the introduction of this word. Let me give you an example:
“When you came into the room, you ignored me, and it was a blatant expression of your disdain for my person.”
Now, I suppose I could discuss or even disagree if I were accused of ignoring someone, but when the individual has determined that it was blatant–pre-planned, carved in stone and hatched hours earlier in the basement of my hellish cottage–then compromise has possibly been eliminated.
What is blatant?
Do we really believe that human beings are so crafty and intelligent that they can construct devilish plans of premeditated proportions?
Or do we realize, deep in our hearts, that all of us mortals are pretty much pulling it out of our ass?
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