Quotes, in and of themselves (i.e. Ipso facto), are NOT arguments at all – let alone valid and/or true ones.

Anyone can find a quote from someone who at some point in time might have agreed with their opinion. In other words, anyone can quote an opinion that agrees with their own – and yet, obviously, that does not (somehow) make it Right.

If your position doesn’t have at least a valid argument behind it, regardless of the opinion of other people (regardless of their positions of so-called “authority”) – then, perhaps, at the very least, humility should be the tone of the day.

Instead, it is absolutely commonplace to simply see someone (loudly) quote someone “respectable” (for any or whatever reason) – and expect everyone to both understand the quote the same exact way, and also accept the opinion as pure fact.

In a similar vein, just repeating your claims over and over again or louder and louder (with or without quotes) – does not make it valid, and does not make it true.

Most posts I see online (esp. in social media) are simply bold positions based on the bluff of ethos conjecture. It is simply claiming a rock while erecting a house of cards on a foundation of sand.

And that, at the end of the day, is simply selling out a great inheritance of intellectual tradition and methodology for a sess-pool of philodoxy (i.e. “Love/friend” of “opinion”) – where “truth” is simply perceived as emanating those who can simply imitate in a convincing manner, and “principle” is simply an expedient claim to mask the promotion of one’s own prejudices.

When we start with our conclusions – we are making a methodological error.

When we think that we “already have the truth” – we are making an epistemological error.

When we ignore evidence that doesn’t suit us, approach a text to justify the opinion we are only seeking to bolster, or simply attack the person or motives of those who (at least) validly disagree – we leave the realm of simply having opinions, and demonstrate very clearly that we are merely: opinionated.

To truly desire truth, we must be willing to be wrong. To truly seek for truth, we should not ever pre-emptively degrade the evidence that doesn’t fit into our mental box.

The world is bigger than merely our respective views of it.

The Truth is much more than merely our “take” on it.

And the choice is ours as to whether we are willing to pay the price for discovery – which may even include the illusion of the extent of our own intelligence and puffed up self-worth.

The choice is ours whether or not we want to seek philosophy (i.e. the love of wisdom) or to settle for philodoxy (i.e. the love of opinion).

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