Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Art Of Being A Jerk

By Reap Paden

In case you didn't know it, some people think I am a jerk. I am sometimes. I am going to share with you some of my beliefs and they way I go about things ....The art of being a jerk,if you will....

I have always figured people deserve some measure of respect until they deserve to lose that respect.

Always listen to the other side of the story, there are always two sides and the truth, almost always lies somewhere in the middle. There are some exceptions to this depending on the mental state of one or both sides.

If both parties in a dispute are reasonable people you can usually chalk up any differences to a misunderstanding of facts or actions.

Talking on the phone or in person for 5 minutes can settle a text-only dispute which has dragged on for 5 years.

Always admit when you are wrong and put more energy into admitting it than you did into being wrong in the first place.

Never assume you know the real story unless you were personally present for any and all events involved (and even then you may still be wrong).

Before you speak, write or act out about another persons actions on the ..Internet..,or anywhere else always remember those actions can never be taken back completely, ever.

Remember many people are quite different behind a keyboard than they are in real life. Many times even they are not aware of it.

Do not confuse facts with opinions. For example-

Fact - Helium is lighter than air.
Opinion - Balloons are pretty.

When someone offers an olive branch, never beat them with it. I can not stress this one enough. I have made many very good friends following this rule. It has sometimes caused me to be betrayed but the good FAR outweighs the bad effects of this rule.

Never make up stories or tell lies about people to save face....this one is a duh but I feel like it should be said.

Keep in mind everyone has made mistakes, everyone has baggage, EVERYONE. Anyone who says they have not or don't is lying.

Remember, many people learn from mistakes. Do not hold one mistake (or even two) against a person when they are trying to make things right.

Do not allow a person to say things about you which are untrue unchecked. This is not a good idea because humans have a tendency to view silence as supporting an accusation, besides that you should have enough self esteem to stand up for yourself. This does not mean becoming an 'instant asshole' it means addressing things true to your form and allowing people to figure out what rings true. If you are honest it does not matter if people believe you or not you know the truth.

Never allow one person's opinion (or a group's even) to drag you down. As long as you can look yourself in the mirror,in the eye for one minute then you usually are doing the best you can do.

There are times when you should keep your mouth shut and listen.....

There are times when no answer is the correct answer. I wish I could give you some hard rules on your instinct is the best I can do.

'Taking the high road' doesn't always mean not addressing things, it is the way you address things which indicates which 'road' your are taking.

Sometimes the low road is the only way to go.....make sure you get back on the right road ASAP, but a little detour can be good at times.

If you follow these rules then you can be assured people will think you are a jerk.....Speaking for myself...I am OK with it....


Anonymous said...

You're still a jerk, no matter how you write it.

Reap Paden said...

That's the point. Thanks for pointing it out captain obvious. It's idiots like you that give people like me something to laugh about, moron. NOTE: This reply was posted with all DUE respect

Douchebane said...


Carl said...

@ Anonymous/Douchebane LMFAO

Anonymous said...

As oprah winfrey and Maya Angelou said: "When people tell you who they are, believe them."

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

Oprah is "da man" if you cant believe her, well who can ya believe LOL

Skipper said...

Yawn... and the point in your article is?

From a man who doesn't believe in anything, there is no substance to your views. No grounds to stand on. No...why the hell am I even writing to you?

Waste of my time.

It's funny how atheists try to impose their beliefs about......nothing. Yet get mad at others who share beliefs about something.


Anonymous said...

Go Skipper!

Anonymous said...

Kirby Robinson is really scraping the bottom the the barrel by letting Reap Paden write for his blog.

Anonymous said...

Funny how Kirby supports an atheist and someone that has a potty mouth.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I'd rather read a blog from Chip then this creep.

Thor said...

Well I wont say Kirby supports atheism but you do know every blog needs comic relief! lol

Reap Paden said...

Thank You for all the anonymous comments. Funny I had not even seen them until now so they had no effect on me. Now that I've read them, still no effect. Keep wasting your time haters I'm flattered I matter enough for you to spend time on.

StacyTheVultureRiccio said...

It's hard not to sound like a jerk on this blog. Birds of a feather flock together right?

I find that I lose all composure after reading some of these closed minded Christian Rantings.

It's hillarious. But they are sofa king arrogant it's hard not to blast them.

Anyway- Reap.
The world needs creeps and jerks like us to have balance.