Monday, July 19, 2004

Oh, the frustration

Do you have any idea how frustrating this is?

Almost won... Posted by Hello
Well, I guess it's not that frustrating. What I find more frustrating is when I try to explain something but they just don't get it, no matter how I try to explain it.
A: If Jimmy comes along and tells me that Tommy spilled salt on the table, and then Pat comes along and tells me that Tommy spilled pepper on the table, is that a contradiction?
B: Yes.
A: Um, no, it's not.
B: Why not?
A: Because it's possible that they could both be telling the truth.
B: Obviously, it's a contradiction.
A: Did you hear me?
B: Obviously, it's a contradiction.
A: Um, ok....
OK, this didn't happen to me; it happened to a friend of mine. But things like this do happen to me now and then. Usually, it's in a situation where I'm trying to correct somebody's fallacy. When do you determine that it's not worth trying to explain anymore? What if that person's very important to you and their way of thinking can create some dangerous situations and consequences? But I get especially hung up on technicalities, and I know I should stop that.
1. I get to be a pretty big jerk.
2. Nobody appreciates it.
3. It wastes everyone's time.
4. It creates enemies.
5. I get to be a pretty big jerk.
But sometimes I see these technicalities as such core important issues that they need to be dealt with then and there. But as my father once said, if you end up making the other person close their ears to you, you have failed in your mission, no matter how right you may have been. I gotta stop doing this.
But these small points can allow for some pretty bad situations to come about if the logic is not corrected. What's the best way to handle it? I'm still trying to figure that out, I suppose.

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