Before the kettle whistles,
Disturbing everyone in the house,
He lets out whispers
That a keen attendant may hear―
And spare everyone the interruption.
I’ve been working on this title question for over 12 years, but I’ve never taken a stab at putting all the answers I’ve collected in one concise article until now. The goal of this article is to be brief, while also giving a wide-scoped treatment of the question. So here we go!
SCENARIO: Suppose someone is wrong over a matter of fact or logic or morality, and you have got the facts and logic and sourcing together to prove to them all day long that they’re wrong.
QUESTIONS: Why is it so often so very difficult to get people to correct themselves? That is, to say, “OK, I see I was wrong, and I’m changing my position.”? What is it about people that makes this difficult?
Continue reading Why Is It So Hard To Get People To Correct Themselves When They’re Wrong?
Having diligently studied Matthew 7,
Continue reading When the Hypocrite Plays the Superhero
Right up to the comma, noninclusive,
He is now expert on the teachings of Jesus
And can tell you exactly what you ought not be doing―
Which includes, chiefly, reminding him of certain matters
Of diligence regarding those teachings―
Things he had already put out of his own mind
To be ignored indefinitely before you came along,
Showing yourself likely to be getting in his business―
Because some people just know what sort you are.
I’m all for self-awareness and responsible living, but if one believed all the memes one sees today, one might think that Jesus himself needed anger management counseling, based on all the times he got angry with people in the Bible stories. The memes would have us believe that any time something gets a rise out of us, it must be because we have a burr under our own saddle that needs to be removed. That is to say, that something is wrong with us.
Continue reading Did Jesus Need Anger Management Counseling?
The one was tortured from youth with false accusations.
Another with unmeetable demands.
Another still with overbearing disapproval.
And yet another with unjust violence.
They were tormented with withering correction,
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With insolent criticism.
With irresponsible impatience.