Thomas Paine on Arguing With the Illogical

  • FO

    The interesting thing is: How can you facilitate such a person to see the benefits of reason?

    • Ty

      See below, where John C demonstrates the futility in trying.

    • Kodie

      Mocking them is less work.

  • John C

    Reason is good. I find it particularly beneficial in activities such as navigating traffic, balancing my checkbook, etc. But if its LIFE that I’m longing to experience, that my heart yearns for, that I refuse to do without, then it does me no good whatsoever, it cannot lead me There.

    • claidheamhor

      Heee’s baaaaaaaaaaaack!

      • UrsaMinor

        He never left. Where have you been?

    • Sunny Day

      Yes, to get the most out of wishful thinking you have to turn off the ability to reason.

    • http://lionsandelves.blogspot.com/ Morpheus91

      I love how randomly capitalizing words (in this case, “There”) it is supposed to imply something vague and spiritual.

      • Brian K

        That’s because John C’s There is so far beyond us mundane Mugglish there that I am shocked he only capitalized the first letter. THERE would be much more appropriate.

        • http://lionsandelves.blogspot.com/ Morpheus91

          Life must be so much better as a pureblood wizard who knows how to use caps lock…

    • Charles Corum

      The imaginary diety of the religiously inclined supposedly gave us the ability to reason abstractly; and it is this attribute that distinguishes us from all other life forms. To blindly and adamantly refuse to use this gift lends credence to Einstein’s famous quotation: “Only two thins are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

  • http://www.advocatusatheist.blogspot.com Tristan Vick

    I’ve been Here, I’ve been There, I’ve been Everywhere.

    Because I used capital letters it means the places were extra special and mysterious, because capital letters imply things.

  • http://larianlequella.com Larian LeQuella

    I have this quote, amongst many, in a random quote generator that is kept at this URL: http://www.3meese.com/3meese/random/godtroll.php

    • Raymond

      Thanks for the quote, Larian. Appropo, indeed.

  • Patrick

    I see you’ve been on Tumblr.


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