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Why do some, attack the messenger rather than engage the message?


Does that mean that engaging in objective analysis of a speaker's position doesn't matter anymore? What really matters is who you are (primarily your race, class, gender), and what interests, motives, and political ideologies you hold. Thus, attacking the speaker either in a rude and crass or more subtle and sophisticated form becomes the accepted tactic.

 

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    John Connor (connorj) 3 years ago

    This is indeed a significant parallel, LongTime Mother. I have never thought about this parallel, that is between bullying and attacking the messenger rather than the message... Thank you!

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    John Connor (connorj) 3 years ago

    Celafoe,

    It does indeed seem that the reason may indeed be focused on dissemination of their view or change that they are seeking...

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    John Connor (connorj) 3 years ago

    I am beginning to believe this; that is, the absence of listening, contemplation, and subsequently responding. Their hearts are already formed and significantly pernicious.

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    John Connor (connorj) 3 years ago

    Rose Anne you have shared, perhaps, the root cause behind this; that would be fear. Brilliant, thank you!

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    John Connor (connorj) 3 years ago

    Yes indeed you have added a most significant reason, the inability to face the issue and change...