Monday, March 19, 2007

The war is escalating

Ok, I tried mutual understanding.  I believe I have successfully won the battle of seeing the enemy as a person and not merely a thing.

I count that as a successful battle.

It is now time to escalate.

I do not know how “X” and “Not X” can coexist in the same belief system.  For example 2 + 3 = 5 cannot coexist with 2 + 3 = 6.  X and “not X” simply are at odds with each other because 6 is clearly not 5.

You cannot have both.  It is either one or the other.  Period.

Therefore, it is now time to escalate the war.

And to the counter of “That’s not the way we do things” I say “the way you do things is clearly not working”.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

War is often a result of intolerance. Anything you say is absolute rarely actually is. Words are subject to interpretation, even if you can see only one meaning.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

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1:01 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

I have so very little patience for "anonymous"... especially when "anonymous" flings intolerance around while hiding behind a shroud. Before you start accusing me of intolerance you should know that the war was already being waged, I only had guts enough to call it what it was.

Yes, there can often be differing interpretations of things and if they are equally valid they can be reconciled. But if reconciliation is impossible, then then there is no possible way they can be equally correct. 2 + 3 is never, ever, ever, not 5. It is fair to say you can describe 5 in different ways... 1+4, 83-78, etc. But it is never, ever, ever, ever, 6. "A" and "not A" are mutually exclusive events. Ask the former employees of Enron what they think about "interpretation".
The question to investigate, more often than not, is not HOW one "interprets" something, but rather WHY someone "interprets" something.

1:46 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

There is one additional thing I left out...
When "A" and "not A" are mutually exclusive--that is, they cannot be reconciled--in addition to the solution being one or the other, then solution may, in fact, be neither. That is always a possibility.
And, I may offer, that "war" can have several meanings, as well.

8:45 AM  

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