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Ruinous Empathy is a Waste of Your Time

Recently, I came face to face with one of those disingenuous phrases that serve as social lubrication - a Ruinously Empathetic statement that's been on my mind for some time. I don’t want to waste your time. This is almost always a lie. What most people really mean to say is “I don’t want you to waste my time.” But isn’t it reasonable not to want someone to waste your time? No one wants their time wasted, right? So why is it so hard to say what you mean here? At Candor, Inc., we love stories, and I have a fun story for you about wasting time.
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