Re: META: The proper way to express feelings

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Mon Nov 26 2001 - 11:12:28 MST

> I want to bring up the "personal responsibility" perspective
> here. There are proper ways and improper ways to pee in the
> water hole.
> Here is a *proper* way:
> "I feel that you are the weakest link".
> Here is an *improper* way:
> "You *are* the weakest link".
> The first takes personal responsibility for your "feelings".
> It is fine with me for people to "feel" almost anything.
> Getting ones feelings off ones chest from time to time
> may contribute to moral and physical self-improvement
> (through relieving stress). So saying something the
> first way may be considered extropic.

While I agree with the sentiment, I have to point out that
English is a horribly inefficient and inexact language, and this
requires that _readers_ exercise some skill in its use as well.
In particular, any statement in the form "X is Y" should
automatically be interpreted as "I believe that X is Y". That's
what assertion means: the speaker believes that the statement
reflects reality. That's certainly what I mean when I use a
statement like that, and I certainly do take personal
responsibility for my own beliefs, whether or not I choose
to waste space on weasel words to say so.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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