Argument Duality

One of the most fascinating things I’ve realized is that for every argument, the same set of facts or assumptions can be used for a counterargument. By examining the argument and going down deep enough or generalizing the meaning of the words through their ambiguity, there’s a high possibility that you can extract out a counter argument.

Here are a couple of examples:

Warning: I may not agree with everything stated below.

Life is short. So you should make the best of it.

Life is short. So short that whatever you do doesn’t matter. At all.

All life is precious. So we should not support abortion.

All life is precious.We should not force babies to be born in a world where their parents didn’t want them, if life is precious.

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. You need to come to this event.

it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Staying at home is a once in a lifetime opportunity(technically the truth).

Below is a somewhat relevant quote:

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”
Niels Bohr