Saturday, December 15, 2018

Reasonable Arguments

It pays to remember that if people had a reasonable argument they would use it. Like an attorney hired to defend you, they have to say something. If a terrible argument is the best they've got, they will use that. Pound the table and all that.

So too with morality.  No one says "There is no black and white, only shades of gray" when they are trying to persuade you to take the higher ground.  The statement is true, of course, in this fallen world; yet when people think their POV is more moral - that it is more honest, more kind, more generous - that's what they go with.  They go with the shades of gray argument when they feel you are being unnecessarily technical, impractical...

...or sometimes, just inconvenient to their desires.

1 comment:

As my whimsy leads me.. said...

That’s a good way of putting it, AVI.