Member Rara Avis
quote:Break this into two parts -
However, one mark of wisdom is the willingness to listen to well-intentioned advice from people who know what they are talking about (harsh? Maybe, but true nonetheless).
well-intentioned: first, i would be more inclined to believe it was "well-intentioned" if you didn't put it across so "harshly." comes across more as a verbal slap in the face. secondly - how can anyone (especially when they don't know each other) judge another's intentions? I don't know you, so i have no way of knowing if your intentions are benevolent or not.
know what they're talking about - again, how do i know you know what you're talking about. i have no idea who you are, what your background and experiences are... how do i have any way of knowing that you have the slightest idea of what you're talking about. now if you choose to provide some more information and reasoning, that might help.
don't misunderstand me berengar, i'm not saying your advice is valueless. i'm saying that if you're going to present something as if another has to take it as valuable, you have to provide a bit more than vague, "harsh" commentaries.