A Painful Voice

During musical tryouts, a young man with a horrible voice auditioned for the lead part. He simply didn't have the ability to sing and that became more obvious with each passing measure. His entire rendition was off pitch and painful to hear. The panel of judges sat in stunned silence, but when he finished, one judge jumped to his feet and gave the young man a rousing ovation. Once the stagehands had escorted the young man out, the judges looked at their colleague with sheer surprise and exclaimed, "How could you applaud for such a pathetic voice?" The judge replied, "I wasn't affirming his voice. No, I was praising the young man's nerve for doing that in public." If you look hard enough, you can always find something to affirm.

Source: Mule Eggs and Topknots, King Duncan

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