SHORT AND SWEET

Short and sweet. A post every day of the working week.

200 words or less. A minute of your time. Enjoy.

So, why is it that if you mention Hitler, you always lose the argument? It’s true isn’t it? And it happened last week. Boris – gotta love a great entertainer.

He was vilified immediately. Why? Because Hitler is a non-starter in an argument. Why? It’s because in our culture we respond primarily with our emotions and not our judgement. We’re all heart and no head. Second, we’re really into ‘being offended.’ Hitler ticks both boxes. I’m offended by your suggestion that there is any similarity between the Bad Guy and me or my position. Second, my emotional response trumps whatever argument you were making.

Did Boris have a point? Who cares? We’re all so offended, it’s got lost.

So, when you’re tempted to mention Hitler, remember Basil Fawlty. ‘Don’t mention the war. I did once but I think I got away with it.’ He may have, but you won’t. Your argument will be lost.

 

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4 thoughts on “SHORT AND SWEET

  1. Hi Richard! Good to see you blogging again. On this one, about Hitler etc, I disagree. Context is king and what Boris did was to compare the EU’s aims and Hitler’s aims. Hitler’s idea of sovereignty and that of the EU’s are very different, are they not?! Unless perhaps, you’re a Brexit man? 🙂

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    • As I read it, Richard’s point was not about what was said, but more that by mentioning Hitler some set of the audience/readership (possibly a large set) immediately disengaged.

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  2. To Pete, no Brexit here. To Dave, yes, that’s exactly what I meant. And if you click on Paul’s link, there’s a fantastic definition of exactly what I was saying. Really worth about a minute of your time.

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