Barb: (n) a cutting remark.
I believe the old adage is, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Of course, that concept is not only optimistic, it is not necessarily beneficial in improving situations and evolving our efforts.
Yet I’m often curious if there is a way to speak without coming across phony or critical. What would that be? Because the truth makes us free. At least, that’s the assertion. But what is the freedom we are granted by the truth?
It all depends on whether the truth arrives with judgment, explanation or merely as comment.
After all, “I don’t like this” is not the same as “I don’t like this and you shouldn’t like it, too” and certainly has no familiarity with, “I don’t like this because God doesn’t like it.”
I think you can actually speak the truth with love, free of barbs, if you don’t have to involve the mob or beseech the Divine as your ally.
If someone loves me, it should be enough for me to say, “I don’t like that.”
- It doesn’t mean they should stop doing it.
- It doesn’t mean that the heavens are preparing a hell because of their choices.
- It means I have a preference.
Here is a factual statement:
I will never be able to share THE truth. All I can do is share MY truth. And my truth consists of the things that edify me, encourage me and make me stronger.
We live in a generation of verbal barbs. Self-righteousness is not limited to religious people, but permeates politics, business and entertainment.
You may feel free to criticize any one of my articles, knowing for certain that I will hear your words and I will learn.
I don’t fear changing my mind. I consider it my advantage to evolve.
Having a brain that can reject nonsense and embrace potential … is truly a confirmation of the divine.
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