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Submitted by Sarah (Sweden), Mar 28, 2006 at 04:04

(Sword said: You have NEVER answered an accusation. Your response has inevitably been counter-accusation. If you cannot refute an allegation it simply serves to indicate evasion and therefore reinforces the accusation - right or wrong.)

Imagine two boys, Tom and Harry, who were both lame. They met at McDonalds, and Tom shouted at Harry- 'Hey, you're lame'! Now what would be Harry's reaction? Do you expect Harry to say, 'Tom, thank you for your comments but I am not lame, or Tom, please don't make fun of me because I was born that way, or Tom my mother fell off from stairs when I was in her womb and that's why I am lame today'. No, Harry will not say these things.

Harry will just point his finger to Tom and shout, 'You're calling me lame? What are you? Can't you see your own condition?'

You may think Harry is 'being evasive' or his words are just counter-accusation. Whatever you call it, his reply carries a message, and this is surely an answer.
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