META: Diplomatic Comments
Tue, 11 May 1999 21:19:03 -0600

I'm actually not intending to be offensive by the things I am posting on the list. I come off that way sometimes because I like to push peoples' buttons especially if there really is no reason for them to be upset except for their own psychological insecurities. Then, if they are upset, I like to point out why they are upset. I believe that pointing out to people the things that may end up being quite dangerous to them is an ultimately kind thing to do, even though they may be temporarily upset.

The fact that people are getting upset over what I am saying when they could just as easily choose not to be upset indicates problems with their own coping mechanisms. People are certainly free to ignore me if they are offended by what I write. I am just pointing things out that seem obvious to me, trying to be helpful. I don't think I am forcing my view on anyone. I'm just sharing my perspective, which I have found valuable. You can accept it as the gift I intend it to be, you can ignore it if you don't like it, you can be offended if you want to be, or for that matter you can clean your bedroom in response to what I right.

My point is that your response is essentially your choice. There is no real reason for anyone to be offended who doesn't want to be in the first place. In that case, they should thank me for assisting them in the emotional experiences they are already seeking in their life, although they would most likely find someone else to be offended by, if not me.

When you have a chip on your shoulder, people can't avoid offending you.

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