If one of your best friends asks you to rate him out of ten and he’s like a 2 would you tell him? Is that polite?
Just say questions like that make you uncomfortable especially with friends and it's nothing personal but you don't like rating people.
Tell him 5, 6, or 7! And suggest ways he could improve.
See that’s polite but not honest. (@goaded)
It's tactful. Say 3 or 4, if you prefer, but you must be able to imagine people who are way worse than him? Friendship should add at least a few points!
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Thanks that’s an interesting thought
By "wars", I mostly mean "drama".Here's an example I learned once when I went to church about 40 years ago...I was never one to go to church, but, one time, I remember the priest giving this lesson "Never lie, but you don't always have to tell the truth."He gave an example.=====The priest was going to perform the marriage ceremony of a woman who was at some point a parishioner in a church he was serving.The woman was not attractive.He went to see her before the ceremony and she was in her wedding gown getting prepared. She asked the priest "Father, don't I look beautiful?"The real answer was "No", but he wasn't going to tell her that. Yet, he wasn't going to lie because that is a violation of one of the Ten Commandments.So, what was he to do? Say the truth: "No, you are not beautiful." on her wedding day? No, of course not.But lying was out.So, he needed to say something that did not exactly tell her the truth but that was not a lie.He said this to her: "You look the best you've ever been."She DID the look the best she ever did, but she was not beautiful.She was happy with the priest's reply, of course...... And the priest did not lie, but he didn't tell the truth - he didn't have to.=====This is an example of a very valuable lesson in life: the art of diplomacy... (or politeness).