Truth and kindliness (was Re: DWJ in Israeli newspaper)

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Tue Feb 17 12:44:06 EST 2004

On Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at 11:21  AM, Melissa Proffitt wrote:

> I am not in favor of telling unnecessary truths, as you put it; I see 
> it as
> (in most cases) a purely selfish act that benefits no one but the 
> teller,
> who may even be acting out of spitefulness and hiding behind their
> "honesty."  It may be truthful that someone you work with looks like 
> Ichabod
> Crane, but saying so doesn't do anyone any good.

<blush> But I do work with someone who looks like Ichabod Crane, and I 
have mentioned this to one or two people.

(not very proudly)
I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced 
to tell lies is much worse.
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis
Ian W. Riddell
iwriddell at
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