The problem I see with the discussion of sensitive subjects (especially in the cesspool of social media) is that people often declare in the most obnoxious tones, “ABC is RIGHT!!!“
When you ask “Why?”, and assuming the person insisting on “ABC” is not a web-troglodyte who goes medieval on your butt at light speed with a righteously indignant flame war, their argument boils down to “Because of XYZ!!!”.
What they often don’t realize is that their claims of both ABC and XYZ are not universally true. Their statements claiming “absolute right” are often based on an assumption.
Very little in this universe is always true. And under the proper conditions, even simple math is not always right.
Take the mathematical statement,
Obviously incorrect, right? WRONG.
If you’ll indulge me in a little grade school algebra…
Let’s say we have three numbers that satisfy the algebraic equation,
Then it’s also true that,
2a+2b=2c (distributive law)
Now reorder the equations,
2a+2b-2c=0 (associative & commutative laws)
Now that they are both zero, they can be set equal to one another.
(a+b-c) = (2a+2b-2c)
Factoring out the common root, we get,
1*(a+b-c) = 2*(a+b-c) (distributive law again)
Now divide both sides of the equation by (a+b-c),
I’ve been playing this math game on people, showing that 1 DOES equal 2, since 5th grade. Of course, it’s actually a trick — an intentional deception. Though it demonstrates that there are indeed times when even our most fundamental assumption about what looks correct is WRONG.
So before you lambaste someone, saying, “My belief is always RIGHT!”, think of how I can “prove” to you that 1=2.
Maybe your beloved sacred cow is dead wrong, because you’ve made the wrong assumption. Like the British burlesque comedian Benny Hill had often said,
“ASSUME makes an ASS out of U and ME.”
PS – if you have figured out the trick behind “1=2“, message me – please don’t spoil it in the comments for the rest!
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