Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Beware of those who use force to win an argument

"He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak."
- Michel de Montaigne

Those whose arguments are weak need aggressive behaviour to make people believe that they're right, since they can't support their opinions with solid facts.

Those with the strongest arguments may depend on reason rather than a show of force. Yet they may not win the day in convincing others because they won't use the dog and pony show.

People who have discovered the secrets to happiness and wellness never beat down your door or campaign in houses of parliament because aggressiveness is in opposition to what they believe.

Be careful of those who make the biggest show to win the hearts and minds of others. When they are successful, they transform back into what they really are and often to the exact opposite of what they preached during their campaigns.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to reveal the sources of wisdom as well as the fountains of deceit.
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