2009-07-27 01:59:40 UTC
One of the qualities a spiritually minded individual will possess is
the ability to engage in debate and argument with a non-violent tone
in their communication. A non-violent individual will discuss things
by focusing on the subject and not the participant in the discussion.
A common approach violent communicators will utilize is the use of
contextual outrage. As if the righteous outrage justifies violent
communications. The violent communicator will make statements that
contain emotional content but no facts or logic.
Avoid violent communications as they are disruptive to the path of
Union with the Infinite Holiness.
Here is an example conversation that demonstrates the two approaches
Can you spot the non-violent communicator?
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Dude: Wow, it must be getting more expensive to make the smoke for
electricity. My bill is getting so high.
Bookworm: What does smoke have to do with your electric bill? Is that
some sort of metaphor I'm not aware of?
Dude: When I drive by the electric power plant I see the plumes of
smoke escaping. That must be wasting good smoke to let it all escape
like that. If they could squeeze all of the smoke into the wires it
would probably save a lot of money.
Bookworm: Are you delusional dude? Or are you a complete retard.
The smoke doesn't go in the wires. Only complete morons would think
the smoke is traveling down wires.
Dude: Chill out man. I can prove the smoke is in the wires. The
other day my toaster fried. It was old anyway but man did it make a
bunch of smoke. When the appliances break they let the smoke out.
I've seen it happen more than once.
Bookworm: OMG. It electrons not smoke you bozo. Why do they let
complete idiots use computers connected to the internet? I bet a
monkey could come up with a better theory than smoke being pushed down
Dude: Until its proven to me otherwise I'm going to believe what I see
and not what I read. Regardless, my electric bill is getting too high
lately and that was all I wanted to say.
Bookworm: Go stick your head in a freezer, maybe you will freeze to
death and save us all from from your inane babble. Maybe the
electricity that runs your freezer comes from the Nuclear Power Plant
and will make your head start glowing as it freezes!
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Practice Verbal Non-Violence
A Service of the Reluctant Messenger
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