Rule 10: Be Precise in Your Speech
This may be the most important chapter of the book.
In an age of political correctness and cancel culture, be precise in your speech. Adults need to have the difficult conversations. These conversations take us one step closer to truth. We may never get there. The journey makes us better.
Here are some highlights that deserve mentioning.
Precision may leave the tragedy intact, but it chases away the ghouls and the demons. — Jordan Peterson
Bad things happen. It is important to be frank, but sensitive, when talking about difficult topics. Soften the blows with some softball commentary, but don’t leave what should be said unsaid.
Don’t hide baby monsters under the carpet. They will flourish. They will grow large in the dark.
I’ve had conversations about difficult topics and left some words unsaid because it seemed to be inappropriate. Don’t let the little things fester. It will explode once it gains a critical mass.
You have to consciously define the topic of a conversation, particularly when it is difficult — or it becomes about everything, and everything is too much. This is so frequently why couples cease communicating.
Precision communication is a skill I may not ever have. Like the pursuit of truth, the journey is more important. Progression is key. Perfection is the enemy of progression.
Be precise in your speech. But also be mindful of how others may receive your message.
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