SoCS: saying what you mean

I try to say what I mean without ever being mean.

Some people would call that being diplomatic.

I am dedicated to being truthful and I do believe that facts are important and exist independently of opinions.

I get perturbed when people confuse fact and opinion. I do, however, always try to respond in a civil way, even if someone is not being civil in their own remarks.

And, if nothing else, I rely on the old saying, “If you can’t say something nice, say nothing.” I remember learning this as a song when I was seven or eight. Fifty years later, it is still useful advice.
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Author: Joanne Corey

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6 thoughts on “SoCS: saying what you mean”

  1. We need more civility and facts in the world. There’s always a way to say something with respect. It can take work and I don’t always do it, but you’ve described what we all need to strive for.

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  2. Opinion is the new fact in this day and age of social media, where anyone can say anything and get away with it. And now all that is being reinforced by a certain president.
    He once said he loves the uneducated. It’s obvious why. :/
    Sorry about the tangent.

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    1. I love tangents! I also realize I am not going along with the current trend, but, sometimes, resistance isn’t futile. Although the ugly rhetoric is discouraging – and some of the actions, too – I am still hoping that truth and facts will prevail in the end. We can’t all join you in Canada…


  3. That advice is hard to find these days. I agree with the premise — I think it might fall apart when people disagree on the difference between meanness and hard truth that needs to be told. Regardless…great post!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I agree that things are falling apart in many instances. I think it is most often possible to tell a hard truth without disparaging others and/or launching personal attacks, but many cross that line on a regular basis or, alternatively, disengage totally.


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