“Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were going to do anyway.” ~Robert Downey Jr.
Even though I’d like to think of myself as given to speaking my mind, the truth is, even now, I rarely do. My default reaction to shit that pisses me off; people trying to give me commands; or plain old human stupidity, is “Uh-huh.”
“Uh-huh” is code for “Fuck you.”
If I think it’s in my best interest to not be a total asshole–because like Captain Mal of Firefly my driving motivation is “what’s of use to me” –I’ll give you a faint smile and lie to your face, feigning interest in your totally wrong point of view or pretending I’m going along with your moronic plan. A frequently-played song in my passive aggressive repertoire.
But…then I’ll go and do the exact opposite of what you proposed.
Because, as the saying goes, it’s easier to apologize than ask permission.