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Objectivity

Posted on 2012.12.21 at 00:00
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There are two sides to every story. Everyone seemingly understands that from a logical standpoint, but far fewer seem interested in relating both sides during transmission to a third party. For objectivity's sake - because I can usually very clearly acknowledge both perspectives and and the demarcation between the two - I endeavor to articulate not only my view point, but the other viewpoint as well to the best of my ability, almost to a fault. I do this because I'm not trying to convince anyone to take my side, rather to give them all the available information in order for them to make up their own minds.

If I've somehow gained an ally through misrepresentation, well that's no ally at all.

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Jobu
jobu121 at 2012-12-21 16:35 (UTC) (Link)
Well my friend, I must correct one statement that you made. There are three sides to every story. Yours, mine, and the truth :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2012-12-21 17:03 (UTC) (Link)
Well said, indeed. Existentially however, is the "truth" but another construct of our limited perception - not really existing without one more more differences? I do not know. If we are to embrace "truth" as a third, and each of the two sides has its own spokesperson to convey motivation and intent, who speaks for it? Does it require an advocate to exist? The only reason I ask is that while I may agree that truth lies somewhere in between the two sides, other's believe their side alone is truth - which makes things even more difficult to disarm with diplomacy.

Thanks for the input!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2012-12-21 23:07 (UTC) (Link)
"Men prefer to believe what they prefer to be true."

~Sir Francis Bacon
ehowton
ehowton at 2012-12-21 23:11 (UTC) (Link)
Ain't that the goddamn truth!
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2012-12-22 07:56 (UTC) (Link)
That's just too true - if anything can be such a thing.
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2012-12-22 08:05 (UTC) (Link)
I do the same - tell all the facts as I know them, explain my interpretation of said facts and why i believe it, and explain the other's viewpoint as well, including why the person holds that opinion if s/he has shared it with me. My goal is never simply to be "right"; my goal is to solve the problem at hand and find a solution that works for everybody. In explaining all pertinent parties' sides, it is far more likely that my goal will be reached, than if I simply push a self-preserving egoistic agenda, searching for allies.

Edited at 2012-12-22 08:07 am (UTC)
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