Wed. May 18th, 2022

Eristic, from Greek eristikos, is “fond of wrangling” argumentation that makes successful disputation an end in itself rather than a means of approaching the truth.

Truth* is not as subjective as one would think it is. You can search up whatever point of view that you would like and find an angle to suit your needs but that does not make it true.
Your feelings and opinions are not facts.

If you are not careful, your verbal assaults can be insulting and assumption-making (never mind the overall intellectual sophistry you engage in when you conclusion jump!).

*Truth is the aim of belief; falsity is a fault. People need the truth about the world in order to thrive.

A true statement: Autism Spectrum Disorder affects people of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

A false statement: People with autism process things by putting things in boxes as computers do because they have no feelings.

The “false” statement is an opinion or a conclusion one would make when faced with a situation with a person with autism because they do not understand what autism is and what it is not. It might feel like a true statement to you but it does not make it a fact.

Life is full of mistruths that you just believe because someone tells you it is. For instance, coffee beans are not beans. They are seeds. Penguins do not mate for life, Twinkies do not last forever, you can swim after you have eaten, the iron maiden was not a torture device, Napoleon was not short and humans have like 33 senses, not just 5.

This existence brings with it agony and inclinations that often colour how we acknowledge others. Word to the kind: even if they are grim and heartless, remember that you are not. Observe a folly for what it is and bow out because what value can be brought into a discussion where tenderness is absent yet litigious melancholy persists no matter how much sunshine rests on the chin of the speaker?