On ignoring concepts

It often happens that when a person tries and disprove through sheer force of logic a concept, which we hold dearly to ourselves and by which we have lived so comfortably, that our emotions are rattled and we hastily, indignantly muster our words; ready to defend that very concept and reduce our opponent’s argument to a shameful flaw. “Nonsense!” We call out. And to our friends, who too bear great faith in the concept, we refer it as senseless verbiage aimed only at some cheap, short-lasting infamy.

Yet, by calling it such, without acknowledging its principles, without comparing it to our own, or even admitting that ours might contain in itself as much falsity as that of his, we inadvertently diminish our own credibility. For an argument as his to be understood and accepted by others (and by this, I do not mean the ignorant, illiterate lot but individuals esteemed for their intellect) means that it cannot be objectively be called ‘nonsense’. To those others, it makes wondrous sense. It is only because we have held to our breasts a concept that implies the contrary that we become so infuriated, and in that infuriation refuse to acknowledge whatever truth is borne in the other person’s argument. We have let our emotions tide over reason. And this will do nothing but cultivate an ignorance on our part – for ignorance isn’t as much stupidity as it is an outright irreverence towards opposition.

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