This Sentence Could Change the World

“I agree with the content of your point but I object to how it was delivered”

Why is this sentence so important? Because it then allows us to have a duel conversation. One on the merit of the contents of a conversation and two, on the merits of the behavior while delivering the content.

Now add a few basic rules of engagement and we end up with Object123.

My belief is that we confuse these two premises and mix behavior and content together, during a disagreement and end up with a mess or war.

Every dictionary on the planet contributes to this error by not separating out “disagree” vs “object”, going on to define the verb “object” as: “To disagree with something or someone…” How I can disagree with something is beyond me? I can only disagree with the maker or user of the thing, I believe. And making no differentiation between disagree and object is, to me, clearly not helpful.

I believe the proper definition of the verb to object is to disagree with one’s behavior, not someone or something, period.

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