Everyone should be just a little bit ruder.

April 28, 2013 at 10:54 PMPhonicUK

I've always thought the world would be a better place if everyone was a bit ruder to each other.

Just to clarify on that, I don't mean discourteous or impolite - what I mean is not sugar coating criticism to avoid making the other person feel bad, and that people should not be afraid to tell someone when they've done something stupid or to make fun of an individual for being incredibly dense.

At the moment when someone has been stupid, it's hard to call them out for it without looking like an ass. When an answer to a question is just a quick search away, then it seems entirely reasonable that people should be chastised for not using the tools available to them. However if you point someone to a LMGTFY (Let Me Google That For You) link - the smugness that comes with it would largely prevent the recipient from being open to the (passive) criticism.

If it were the case that criticism of this kind were much more widespread, it seems plausible that people would stop taking it personally - and we could all go around telling everyone else that they are idiots.

Because we are all idiots, every single one of us on this Earth is an idiot one way or another at some point.

But I do worry that some people seem to drift through life unaware of this detail, and need reminding of it.

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