Where does the difference lie in being crass versus being honest?
Where does one start and the other end? I ask this because many tend to justify a perspective they agree with regardless of how it's said. It's often reduced to the person having the freedom of speech to say what they want, as they please, and in the manner they see fit. I'll use an example.
Let's say I'm walking down the street and there's an old lady in front of me. She's walking slow and it becomes irksome to me. Do I have the right to call her obscene names, because she moves slowly? By the aforementioned logic, I have the right to say that, even disrespectfully.
An old adage goes: "It's not what you say but how you say it."
It's possible to be honest and tactful without being crass or rude.
Oftentimes we hear the phrase "constructive criticism" which implies the person who is criticizing is also offering potential solutions for improving things. They're not being mean spirited.
Do you "have the right" to say whatever you please? Absolutely.
“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions” – Stephen R. Covey
Simply put (you don't get to choose) how other people react!
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