JournalismPakistan.com November 29, 2013
We all know one. Maybe if we are unlucky, more than one. It is that person who is always underscoring his honesty and candour. One thing about me, I speak my mind, this is what I am, straight from the shoulder, you don’t like it, too bad, what you see is what you get, I call a spade a spade, you know where you stand with me, if I don’t like someone or something, I just say it, sorry, I am blunt by nature, no time for flimflam.
All this ‘honesty’ is wrapped up in great virtue and we all nod wisely and pretend to marvel at the in your face 'take it or leave it' character of the person and this gives him license to be rude and boorish and ill-mannered and get away with it, because he told us right, that is the way he is, brutally upfront and no hypocrisy.
Reverse the roles and be as forthright with him. Suddenly he gets all huffy and uptight and angry and offended. Hello isn’t it sauce for the goose and so on, dude, aren’t you the advocate for shooting from the shoulder, what happened now?
Tell you what happened. People like this, they can dish it out but they can’t take it. Oh yes, can they dish it out, but let someone take them on and it’s a loud cry of foul.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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