"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Eye-Rolling Tutorial

You already know about the best defense against anyone who makes a point you don’t like: Eye-rolling. I mean, it’s not as strenuous as log rolling, or as stressful as trying to come up with a reasonable argument.

Eye-rolling tells your attacker that, in the grand scheme of things, they are unimportant, and the point they are making is absurd, insipid, and downright stupid, without even saying a word. But to truly cut off discussion, you need to know eye-rolling’s finer points.

First, know that eye-rolling conveys a similar message to the almost-stifled yawn, but choosing the correct gesture is vitally important. Executing an ER when the correct move would be an ASY might either fuel a fire you really don’t want to ignite, or fail to make the non-point you were trying to make … or not make … whatever! Did you catch that clever insertion? “Whatever!” is exactly the point you wanted to not-make.

Consider the photograph to the right: The girl is making two glaring eye-rolling errors: First, her rueful smile is too understated. Second, looking straight up may indicate she is praying for divine help toward enduring the situation, but that in itself is admitting someone has authority over her.


The next example, though of a younger eye-roller, shows a natural gift for showing disdain. Even in this still photo, one can discern the practiced unsubtlety, the implied cry for help, without admitting any authority over herself.

And our third example in this lesson shows the Mistress of Disdain, so well practiced on her whipped husband that even the elite, mainstream media is captured by her mastery. Study her example well, and you too may one day enter the rarified heights of the truly gifted intimidators.


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