Saturday, July 3, 2010
It's the Fourth (third, actually, but because we're in Utah it gets celebrated early so as to keep the Sabbath, or something). Therefore my wife, in her wisdom has determined to only put up one post--I'm adding this as an aside.
I had a couple of off-blog comments addressed to me that haven't been put up. But to make certain that the matter is clear to those involved: Rest assured I take no offense at criticism. It really isn't important if folks like, dislike or are otherwise disposed toward me. Largely I'm irrelevant. Some of the things I have to say are quite important, in my view. But they derive their importance from the subject, not from me.
I probably deserve more personal criticism than I will ever receive. Therefore I do not and have not taken any offense at anything said to me on or off the blog. Do not trouble yourself for a moment at the idea that you've offended me; because you certainly haven't.
I'm a trial lawyer. That means someone is hired (and paid quite well) to oppose everything I do, everything I write, and every argument I make as part of my daily work. Criticism is always with me whenever I am working. So to be criticized over ideas I present is no more offensive than to have a spirited argument in a case at work. I have thick skin and a tolerance for being criticized. Since I took no offense I don't feel the need to forgive, but nevertheless if forgiveness is wanted it is freely given.
One other thought: I think there are a number of you that are really seeing the Book of Mormon in its true light. That is joyful for me. Such a treasure; so unused; so little understood. To have it become treasured by some of you for the first time is truly a delight for me. Thank you.