How many of you know someone who no matter what you say, they always have to have the last word?
It doesn’t matter what they talk about, what the subject is, they need to say one more thing regardless of what you say. Some children tend to want to have the last word but there are many adults who generally do the same thing. It’s almost something we’ve come to expect.
Having the last word is a habit. It’s also an environmental and cultural problem, cultures where there is a patriarch, but when it comes to family we usually know them well enough to know whom we’re up against. When we choose to give the other person the last word we stop the conversation in its tracks.
It also takes the heat out of what could turn into a battleground. They tend to have an opinion on almost everything and won’t stop at anything until they’ve had the last word. There is, however, no intrinsic value to it. When we accept that is has no value we begin to see things in a more positive light.
When we choose not to have the last word we take away the stress associated with us having to have the last word, to get the other person to see that we’re right. It also doesn’t put anyone who feels they need to have the last word in a good light.
Perhaps this is about our self-importance, being self-righteous. But I’m not sure why anyone has to prove to the other person what we believe to be true, just so long as we know what we say is true. That is all that matters.