Church Of Your Heart

The “background” argument

Posted in Uncategorized by churchofyourheart on February 21, 2009

Sometimes when you’re arguing about something, you would hear “you say this because you’re 20 years old” or “you wouldn’t say this unless you were divorced”. While these arguments might be true, most of the times when they’re used it’s actually just a way to avoid providing a reasonable argument.

The thing is that it’s always something. People who disagree, but don’t have reasonable arguments will always find something in your background that could explain your mistaken point of view. Don’t believe in endless love? Well, that’s because you’re just too young and never had it before or because you’re an old grouchy guy who’s just unhappy about his life. You think all rich people are jerks, who stole their billions? Probably you’re just an unsuccessful idiot. Or wait, maybe you have stolen your billion already and you just think everybody who’s rich is like you.

Now, I’m not saying you’re right or wrong. You being wrong doesn’t make the “background” argument any better. Though, when people use it, chances are that your point is just not good for everyone and you’re being a bit preachy. Personally, I find this sort of discussions exhausting and that is why the “background” argument is almost always a good sign for me that I should switch the subject.

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