My husband made a funny observation the other day. He said that whenever a person prefaces a statement with with all due respect, you can pretty much be sure there will be no respect following that statement. In fact it will most likely be harsh criticism.
Here’s a couple more in that vein:
I don’t mean to sound bitchy but…( here comes the bitchy part)
No offense but….( get ready to be offended)
Don’t take this personally… (cue the personal assault)
I just watched a silly movie with Ricky Gervais called “The Invention of Lying”. And even though it was just a light, formulaic comedy, the film made some great points. In this story, human beings don’t know how to lie. The characters just say exactly what they feel, all the time.
It’s pretty hilarious. Jennifer Garner walks into a restaurant and the hostess says, “Hi, I’m threatened by you. How many in your party?” You can imagine how funny the blind date scene is.
It’s so strange how we muddle up our sentiments, and deceive each other with words. As far as I know, we are the only living beings to do that. A dog doesn’t grin and wag his tail, only to attack you the moment you turn your back.. But people do this to each other all the time. You want proof? Watch a session of congress.
I don’t have a neat and tidy finish to this blog. Instead I have some questions for all of you today.
Why don’t we just come right out and say what we mean?
What would happen to us if we told the truth all the time? How would our society change? How would our relationships and our quality of life change?