Quite young I experienced how arguing on the behalf of another person was counterproductive, and while I cannot say that I have stopped doing it, I was suitably reticent.
I have tried to put my thinking into words but only recently have I gotten anywhere with it.
Because we can’t just keep quiet; sometimes other people need our help.
Like the Terry Pratchett quote from “The Wee Free Men”: “[…] someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”
It is of course important that we in the process never suppress their feelings and wishes.
I try to meet these requirements when I speak on someone else’s behalf, and I hope anyone speaking on my behalf will try as well, to be:
- Emotionally neutral