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Wherein we make a pithy, catty observation about pithy, catty criticism

I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte

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Wherein we make a pithy, catty observation about pithy, catty criticism

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When the only commentary you can make about anything is pithy and catty, it becomes hard for anyone else to discern that, at any point in human history, you ever liked anything.

Sometimes, the statement 'the glass was half full' is more reasonable than 'OH MY GOD, THIS GLASS OF MILK, IT WAS NOT COMPLETELY FULL! I AM FILLED WITH ANGUISH AND TORMENT BY ITS HALF-FULLNESS! ALSO I AM LACTOSE INTOLERANT! WHY WAS EVEN HALF A GLASS OF MILK GIVEN TO ME, ARE YOU PEOPLE ALL TRYING TO KILL ME???'

If you're attempting to provide valid criticism to others, it can be of help to step outside of your own subjective opinion and frame your thought as objectively as possible. It can even be of great help to do this.
  • STOP MAKING FUN OF ME WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS MAKING FUN OF ME
    • An excellent job of serving as jesting example, sir!
      • I have a speech impediment that makes everything I say sound witheringly sarcastic. I can only sound sincere by staring at my feet and mumbling.
    • That is demonstrably false.

      HA!
      • Okay, or by sounding like a radio announcer. But talking like a radio announcer does sound witheringly sarcastic in most social contexts.
    • Love that kids in the hall skit.
    • I'm Sorry! I don't speak a word of English.
  • hehehehehe.

    I know people like that. Arg. :)
  • I love it when you get introspective about yourself.

    :)
    • Not just me. Though yes, I have been learning from the examples of others as far as stuff I may need to step down a bit on.
  • (no subject) -
    • After reading a couple people's unremittingly negative criticism, it finally reached the enough-is-enough point in my head.
  • Many people react more strongly to emotional content than to actual logical content (more so when they are already in throes of emotion). Particularly when attempting to advise these sorts of people, while it is tempting as hell to use the chair-leg of sarcasm about their heads, you should not if you actually intend to advise. All they will hear is "withering sarcasm = he hates meee/he is mad at me" and become defensive or even offensive. Calm, reasoned logic does not have such sharp teeth, but may be easier to hear when it lacks emotional content.

    Just for another observed reason why it's handy sometimes. ;)
    • ...but I really AM lactose-intolerant, damnit, and how DARE you call me that, it's lactose SENSATAVE you MEAN JERK oneelevenonebangone.

      (Humor can sometimes also penetrate.)
      • LOOK THE EXISTANCE OF DAIRY COWS IS NOT AT ALL BECAUSE OF YOUR LACTOSE INTOLERANCE!!!!!1!1!!1ONEoneONEONE!1!!11
  • On an unrelated note, I've always pictured the half-full glass being full of water, not milk.
    • it seemed easier to mock someone for making the half-full glass about their lactose intolerance. :D
    • I thought pragmatic concerns like that might have come into play in your choice of liquids. By the way, are you coming out to the viewing of Serenity tonight?
    • hydrophobia?
  • Random Aside


    If I were to, hypothetically, be having fondue with some friends at my place on Friday the 14th, would you be interested?
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