Prometheus 6 says it all.
“Do not make the mistake of thinking that because my conclusion is the same as another person’s that my reasoning is the same.”
In the realm of online debate where the use of inexact words and vague connotations can intrude upon the best intentions, this maxim makes a great deal of sense to me.
El Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, master debater.
For most Americans, the NAACP is a liberal-radical organization with deep, deep roots in the civil rights struggle born in the 1900’s. For others, the organization is a beleagured anachronism trodding along gasping to inhale its last breath. There are many more views of the organization: that it is a vehicle for social integration financed by whites to undermine independent black groups.
Some maintain that it is the preeminent social justice organization in the entire nation. Whatever your conclusion, your method for reaching that conclusion is important. It does matter how you arrive at your conclusions.
Some might argue that it makes no difference how you arrive at the same conclusion as a scoundrel, but I believe it makes all the difference in the world – sometimes.
Take the case of the American War for Oil and Currency Hegemony in Iraq.
Is it really the Iraq war? Whatever your point of view on this or WMD’s or anything else, you have a method or process by which you’ve come to believe what you’ve come to believe.
I am considering P6’s comment as a way of saying that what you believe is as important as why you’ve chosen to believe what you believe.