A Reverie On Failure Part 2: The Trials Brought by Love Thy Neighbor


John David Duke Jr

David was begotten and conceived in the ordinary way in the middle of 1972, possibly on his father's birthday. Since then, it's been an unremarkable go, except for the time his dad took him to help disarm a Cherokee woman who was shooting at her mother with a rifle.

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  1. Avatar DensityDuck

    And any conversation is fraught, because you’re being critical, and any criticism must of necessity put the critic above the criticized, and there are some people who just cannot handle the thought of someone putting themselves above another. (Particularly so when the one being de-elevated is them.) Do you try the direct approach, and risk an angry expletive-filled retort? Do you try to be subtle–commiserate at the rotten hunting, say “yeah I usually try to stay out of the open in the evening, but lately they’ve been too spooky even for that to work”–and find that the person is not smart enough to pick up on the hint? Do you go over their head the property owner, hoping to avoid the charged emotion of a direct confrontation, and get called a tattle-tale?Report

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