Sunday, November 18, 2018

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What’s the Point?


   by Reb Gutman Locks   

 

     There is a saying (I may have made it up) when you have two Jews you have at least three opinions.

     Like this: How many sides are there to a coin? We usually say that there are two sides to a coin. This is why they say, "There are two sides to every argument…, just as there are two sides to a coin."

     But there are more sides to a coin than this. It all depends on what you mean when you say, "side".

     When you say that there are two sides to a coin, you are talking about the face of the coin and its back. But even at that perspective there are three sides to a coin. There is the front of the coin, there is the back side of the coin, and there is the edge of the coin, its rim. So, there are not just two sides to a coin, there are three!

     But wait a minute, there are other sides to a coin, too. Depending how you count, there are five sides to a coin! There is the face of the coin, the back side of the coin, the edge of the coin, that's three, and there is the inside of the coin, and there is the outside of the coin, so that's five.

     But wait another minute, really the three sides of the coin are only one side, the outside. So that means that there are only two sides to a coin, the inside and the outside.

     In every argument there are many ways to look at the facts and to apply answers that could fit. To being with, be sure all "sides" of the argument are using the same definitions for the same terms.

     What's the point of all this? Well, it all depends on what you mean by "point".

1 comment:

  1. I love this. Truly a wonderful 'point' you've made. May I email you, I have some things I'd like to talk about.

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