Skillful Speech

Skillful Speech We all know that speech should be truthful. This is a high standard. If you try for just one day to say nothing untrue and not exaggerated or distorted to make us look good, I think you will find this difficult. But speech must also be skillful. Speech that makes another feel bad about themselves or in the wrong generally will lead only to defensiveness or counterattack. Take the following, admittedly stereotypical example: Wife: Why won’t you take the garbage out? How many times do I have to tell you? You know I hate it when you leave the garbage for me to take out. Don’t you care about me? You never take the garbage out. What the husband says next is unlikely to be c

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