Not saying it is easy, or that it will always be successful, but you've got to try. Irving doesn't even want to try based on his quote about shirking responsibility once the words get to the end of his fingertips.
Oh yes you can, if you express your self the right way. Unfortunately this pseudo-intellectual flat-earther is not eloquent enough to say things in a way that shows he's thought about the other person's possible response. To shirk responsibility once the words "reach the of his fingertips" and to hide behind "my truth" as the only thing that matters is his own fail, not the person receiving the message. "I intend to resign in Boston" lol
Yeah that's pretty clearly a screengrab of a book with a quote he likes highlighted. Of course, the quote is about taking no responsibility for one's own statements while pretending to do exactly that (I'm responsible for what I say but not what you hear) and reframing the lack of responsibility as part of becoming liberated from "domestication" so it's very fitting.
There's some kind of truth to the statement because you can't control someone else's perspective or interpretation but it also works as a nifty dodge for when you don't actually express yourself well or say something that you don't intend, as we all do, all the time.
I agree with literally everything you said except the bolded. You can do your best to express yourself in clear ways but you can't control if other people are actually paying attention or understand the words you're using and you don't know in what context they are receiving what you say.
But in terms of the Irving situation, yeah, I agree with you completely.
But Irving is blind to the impact of his words and how they may be taken. Defending flat earth is obviously a losing argument and diminished his credibility substantially in my book. The moment he said something like, "I intend to resign in Boston", I knew it could become infamous.
Completely agree, especially as it pertains to Irving.
I do think, though, we sometimes underrate just how big of a role perspective and context have in shaping how our words are received by others even when we take care of how we express ourselves, something Irving seems less and less interested in.
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