A word of advice. If you’re attempting to write a panegyric in defense of someone who is useful to you but a blister on the heel of many other people – the first thing you want to pay attention to is verisimilitude. You want to make it believable. You see what I’m getting at? You don’t want to say “my friend is a saint, and for this saintliness he is roundly punished.”

You don’t want to say that because right away you’re going to get doubts and questions. “Huh?” people will say. “Why would that happen? Why would anyone punish your friend for saintliness?”

And then they’ll start to wonder if you’re just blowing smoke, and then you might as well have saved yourself the trouble.

You’re welcome.


  1. Stacy says

    Well, but, if your friend is ever stouthearted and keeps his eyes on the shimmering promises in the distance–whatcha gonna do?

  2. palmettobug says

    Ah, yes, quite correct and well-reasoned. But for them to understand your point and to attempt to properly use this thinking to improve the plausibility of their case would require at least momentarily considering the opinions and feelings of other people, i.e., empathy, which is something that they are incapable of.

  3. screechymonkey says

    “Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

  4. Athywren says

    Eh… I play Saint’s Row, so I know that being a saint doesn’t mean you’re a good person. I might actually be more wary of that person.

  5. brucegorton says

    My friend is a saint – I just saw him smack someone upside of the head with a giant pink dildo.

  6. leftwingfox says

    Always fun to have running “lubesaber” battles. “Luke! Who’s your Daddy?!”


    Um… yes. I have heard stories which darted out with “My friend is a saint, he did nothing wrong”, followed by a litany of terrible things the speaker was just fine with.


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