Henri Masliah being eulogized yesterday was referred to as a curmudgeon. This word tends to have negative connotations but there is the concept of a constructive curmudgeon. This seems to originate with Jesus Christ and the Bible. In that context being a curmudgeon has nothing to do with rudeness or incivility but means the willingness to sniff out the truth and expose lies and spin as best one can in humility. I’m not sure how much humility Henri had but he was certainly not mean or rude.

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