Saturday, June 04, 2005

Persuasion is not dead, Truth is in agony.

Thanks to MATT MILLER for his column
Is Persuasion Dead?
in the New York Times, Published: June 4, 2005

May I suggest that persuasion is not the problem but its mother which is suffering in our culture from a chronic disease and abandonment?

I am referring to truth.

Without truth there can be no persuasion, only manipulation remains. That is what we are experiencing more and more. Our culture is working upon the false assumption that truth is a modern illusion, a museum piece better laid to rest, while we fight for power.

Nobody cares to remember Socrates, Plato, Aristotle or even Jesus.

No one will dare call the emperor's nakedness, as long as everybody agrees that public opinion, not truth, is what really matters.

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