Shut Up

27Sep09
There have to be a hundred other ways to ask for someone to be quiet… Why then, if not to disrespect someone, would we tell them to shut up.
I just perceive that to be SUCH a disrespectful thing to say unless it’s in a joking context or perhaps a moment of severity where immediate quietness is important. Outside of those contexts, it is just disrespectful.

There have to be a hundred other ways to ask for someone to be quiet… Why then, if not to disrespect someone, would we tell them to shut up.

I just perceive that to be SUCH a disrespectful thing to say unless it’s in a joking context or perhaps a moment of severity where immediate quietness is important. Outside of those contexts, it is just disrespectful.

I’m a big proponent for saying what you mean, but make sure it is apparent that you’re disrespecting someone if you intend to. And make sure that you are going to be honest (with yourself and others) about your disrespectful nature if/when you’re called out on it.

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