Blunt: (adj) uncompromisingly forthright
I am recommending a divorce.
I think it is time to create a Splitsville between the words “blunt” and “honest.”
No human being has the authority, integrity or history to be blunt.
We can’t afford it. It’s too easy for other folks to find the skeletons in our closets–which, by the way, are still so fresh they’re covered with rotting skin.
And “honest,” although an improvement in temperament, is subject to our present comprehension.
So when people tell me they want to be blunt and honest with me, I request that they refrain. I am not confident that my burgeoning human spirit of consolation has grown enough to endure the “hard rain” of their critique.
I prefer honesty tempered with mercy. How would that manifest itself? I will give an example.
Blunt–“You are way too fat.”
Honest–“Don’t you think your obesity is hurting your health?”
Merciful–“I’m thinking about losing a few pounds myself. Have you ever tried and do you have any suggestions?”
Some individuals would consider this misleading or disingenuous.
I just consider it the only acceptable way to affect the world around you without crumbling it.
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