This is my third post of today?I know you are wondering because you can only see one post for today.This is because they are times that I start writing a post and then the muse that inspired me goes for a jaunt without telling me when she will be back and I am left hanging.But I was talking to someone the other day and they inspired this post that will actually be finished.
When I talk to people and debate issues the people I respect most even those with whom I we do not reach consensus are those who make use of logic and deductive reasoning.Here is an everyday example
"All men are liars!"- vindictive gal
"hmmmmm what makes you say that?"- Aco
"They just are!"- vindictive gal
"Have you ever thought of taking a job
with the census bureau?"- Aco
"Huh??Why?"- vindictive gal
"Well for you to say all men are liars
you must have met and talked to and know
all men to come to that hypothesis.So if
the census bureau hired you they wouldn't
have to send out all those people during
census time and would pay you instead."
"Now you're talking badly!" vindictive gal
"Oh come to think of it how many lies
does a man have to tell for him to be
a liar?I mean you have told a few white
lies in your life.Does that make you a
Deep furrows appear in gal's brow
and she frowns.
"Arggggh!You're just complicated!"
(gal storms off!)
-All this before I asked her exactly what
constitutes a lie!
Okay I agree I could have come up with a better example but I know you have all met some people who stick to some belief or theory that flies in the face of sense and logic.And despite all evidence showing the weakness of the theory stick to it like a life boat.Usually what I tell these people is let us agree to disagree and leave it at that but some of them refuse like a KBW blogger who knows themselves.And yes I know that I am not always right so when someone comes up with a better more firm arguement I either concede or use the line above.But for those who refuse to capitulate or my olive branch, this is what will happen next time:
So there you have it!How to deal with obtuse people.Can't wait till class on Thursday, haki ya mungu atanijua!
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