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Old 01-31-2012, 07:55 PM   #21
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Re: On Civility, Political Correctness, Honesty, and Frankness

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I take Marc's view regarding how to deal with insults: They cannot hurt me; to get upset about them tends to only inflame the interaction.
Do you think that one's view that words "cannot hurt" may have something to do with one's experience with them? Do you suppose that the perception of the power of words is different for someone who has never been targeted with racism, sexism, homophobia, or other forms of hate speech, than for someone for whom it is an inescapable lifelong experience?
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