Thomas Dalton wrote:
You have to
admit that you do manage to irritate a significant number of
people What you may honestly see as false allegations may be seen in
quite a different and equally honest light by others. Sometimes it's
not worth it to remark on every perceived offence.
Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by
stupidity? It's a good general principle. Stupidity or malice, I'd
still rather not let someone bad mouth me and not do anything about
You're reminding me of the kid in the schoolyard that everybody picks
on. The more he reacts to the slightest offence, the more he gets
picked on. Restraint in reacting to comments that may only be obliquely
viewed as offensive can have a profound effect in the way others on the
list see you.