29 Mar '11 03:17>
How many of us like to be lectured? No one really does, because we like to express ourselves. Its important to us that our opinions are valued, or at very least acknowledged. Even if the content is important and interesting, if it is presented in a dictatorial manner, we feel aggrieved. We may even give the perception that our words are of more importance than those to whom we are dictating to, simply being content to dump information upon them. This is not the way of a teacher, for a teacher must reason with his students, to draw out of them, as deep water in a well, what they know to be true already, and to try to impart understanding, so that they can readily discern with their own minds, the import of what we are trying to say. This appears to me to have been Robbie's greatest failing, an inability to engage with others and to reason with them in harmony with his own beliefs. It is a tragedy, for no doubt he had many good and interesting things to impart, thus the message, the content itself, has been obscured by the delivery.