Saturday, December 31, 2005
Maybe it's because of my ambition to be a writer, but I've always had an interest in collecting quotes that inspire me, hit on a profound truth, or make me think. Tonight, while watching "Prime Factors," an episode of Star Trek: Voyager from the first season, I came across a particularly good one:
"You can use logic to justify almost anything. That's its power - and its flaw."
These lines were spoken by Captain Kathryn Janeway, in a conversation with the vulcan, Tuvok. She is berating him for making a very logical decision and carrying it out behind her back, when his actions clearly violated a decision that she made based on her (and Starfleet's) moral code.
Regardless of which side of the argument we were on, I'm sure we can all remember a time that an opponent has used the most impeccable logic to argue against something we believe wholeheartedly - and can also argue to support. Logic really can be twisted and turned to argue any point, and that's why some issues - such as those surrounding religion and politics - don't go away.
Some of you know what I mean. Others will be protesting, "No way - my opponent's logic is wrong!" To these people, all I can say is, keep in mind that your opponent is saying the same thing about your logic.