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The Five Things People Say to Aid Critics

April 30, 2010

“We’re just trying to do good here”

Taking the criticism personally, instead of seeing it as a sign that the idea needs refinement. Examples: “You need to understand that we mean well. Our intentions are good. If you understood how nice we are and how much we want to do good, you wouldn’t be saying these awful things about us.”

Here’s the thing, though: trying to do good does not equal actually doing good. It really doesn’t matter if you mean well when you end up doing damage instead of helping.

It’s a quick but great read from Alanna Shaikh at UN Dispatch.

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