Neutrality and Triangulation: Foundations for discernment

 

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As  culture  collapses  and  rebirths,  it  has  come  to  be  that  forbearance,  and  even objectivity,  strikes  far  too  many  as  mainly  a  moral  matter–or  worse  just  an  aesthetic.  After  all:  Good  strategy  requires  it.  An  average  person  can  readily  develop  an  impressive  depth  of  knowledge  on  a  given  topic–extensive  familiarity  with  the  facts,  figures,  context,  etc.  Yet  in  matters  debatable,  an  effective  strategy  will subordinate   (or  at  the  very  least  join)  a  depth  of  knowledge  to  a  breadth  of  knowledge:  Familiarity  with  a  variety  of  perspectives  on  the  given  matter.

Again:  Forbearance,  and  even objectivity,  strikes  far  too  many  as  mainly  a  moral  matter–or  worse  just  an  aesthetic.  And  such  is  the  case,  far  from  never,  in  estimations  of  strategies  for  establishing  a  breadth  of  knowledge:  “That’s  nice  of  you  to  give  the  other  side  their  chance  to  speak;”  or,  “It  sure  is  impressive  that  you’ve  familiarized  yourself  with  so  many  points  of  view!”

Meanwhile,  everybody’s  looking  for  something:  Some  of  them  want  to  use  you;  some  of  them  want  to  be  used  by  you.  And  so  two  of  the  best  tactics  always  will  be:

  1. Neutrality;
  2. Triangulation  onto  truth,  or  something  most  alike  it,  by  finding  contenders’  common-ground  of  objective  facts,  thence  ferreting  the  foundations  for  their  respective  potential  biases,  in  order  to  follow  (a  few  phases  of)  the  money  (or  prestige,  etc)  which  would  animate  those  biases.

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