Is this the right room for an argument?

Roger on the dodgy subject of avoiding conflict:

Then there’s the uncertainty thing, sign of a good humanities student. I certainly don’t pretend that I know all the answers — others may think so, but it’s not true — and I put forth the possibility, in SOME topics, that I could be at least partially mistaken. I don’t have the need to badger others about those things.

I was not a particularly good humanities student. (Short version: “voracious reader” did not necessarily equal “scintillating writer.”) However, I wound up with the following conviction: even in the subjects I know best, there is likely to be someone who knows something I don’t.

This doesn’t mean I won’t defend my position if I’m correct. But I’d darned well better make sure I am correct before going too far out on that limb.

4 comments

  1. canadienne »

    26 October 2013 · 6:39 pm

    Wow, are you ever in the minority with that attitude.

  2. McGehee »

    26 October 2013 · 7:28 pm

    But I’d darned well better make sure I am correct before going too far out on that limb.

    That couldn’t possibly be more wrong!!!!!!

  3. CGHill »

    26 October 2013 · 7:53 pm

    I figure, if there’s a chance I’ll have to eat my words, I may as well prepare them correctly.

  4. Bill Peschel »

    27 October 2013 · 7:12 am

    See, that’s why you never got anywhere (me neither, for that matter). In the newspaper biz, for example, columnists have to have three opinions a week, whether they have one or not. Facts are optional.

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