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  •  A good rule to live by (3+ / 0-)
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    Before you say (or diary) something, ask your self three things:

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?

    If you can't answer yes to all three, keep it to yourself.

    To keep our faces turned toward change, and behave as free spirits in the presence of fate, that is strength undefeatable--Helen Keller

    by kareylou on Sat May 01, 2010 at 08:20:34 PM PDT

    •  Wow that second question might eliminate this (1+ / 0-)
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      site altogether. What makes something kind? Truth is usually unkind to someone or something.

      "[K]now that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy." -Barack Obama

      by Battle4Seattle on Sun May 02, 2010 at 02:49:16 AM PDT

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      •  Well that's the question itsn't it? (1+ / 0-)
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        I think wrestling with the question is beneficial even if there are no easy or clear answers.

        It sounds like you would consider kindness in a larger sense. I think that kindness is protecting the lives of people, animals, plants, and our earth. Not kindness in a polite sort of meaning.

        I went to a workshop at the Institute for Humane Education in Surrey, Maine, called "MOGO" and it was about choosing between words/actions/products/livelihoods. The guideline was "more good, less harm". Sometimes it got quite complicated, but in the end you are absolutely right--being "impolite" in order to speak the truth in the service of more good could be the right decision. Being "impolite" because you want to hurt someone's feelings, or you have a yen for an internet argument? not so much.

        To crib your sig line, are you speaking truth in an effort to build, or to destroy?

        To keep our faces turned toward change, and behave as free spirits in the presence of fate, that is strength undefeatable--Helen Keller

        by kareylou on Sun May 02, 2010 at 09:23:22 AM PDT

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