The Stone City

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Thursday, October 06, 2005


I have belatedly noticed Dale Franks's insightful essay on the assault on emotional privacy:
The inner lives of other people are, quite frankly, none of your business. You have no right to demand people bare their souls to you, and you transgress the bounds of decency to demand it, especially from those over whom you have authority. Peoples' inner lives are their own, and if they share them with you, the only proper way such sharing should be given if it is offered voluntarily.
The obsession with apologies, which I have noted several times, is another part of this assault.