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An insult can only be conclusively received, through a victim’s ignorant acknowledgment. In other words, the victim judges the expression to be personally insulting, and immediately and reactively takes it on board. But what if the insult is not immediately taken on board? What if there is a period of non-reaction, with an initial taking of a deep breath, followed by remaining in a steady, honourable state of silence for a reasonably effective time. Because deep down, much of the time, we know ourselves not to be the expression of someone else’s insult. So rather than reactively confirm an insult, the insult can then be called unjust by the victim, and the perpetrator can be asked for the proof of their insult. Yet when heightened emotions are at play, much of the so-called proof will be exaggerated emotional perceptions. Consequently the perpetrator will tend to emotionally stumble, when faced by someone who expresses their deeper truth.

© Aaron John Beth’el

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