19.1.07

Impossible

In Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the word "impossible" means:
a : incapable of being or of occurring b : felt to be incapable of being done,
attained, or fulfilled : insuperably difficult

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Here is a new definition for the word "impossible" made out of our daily Lebanese life:

"A Lebanese person stating his/her opinion without being criticized by other fellow Lebanese"

8 Comments:

At Friday, January 19, 2007 7:14:00 PM, Blogger Lazarus said...

dear FaiLaSoof,

opinions are worthless. either you have an argument to support your opinion, in which case a discussion can take place on the basis of your assumptions and the logic you use, or you don't.

if you don't, then criticisms of your opinion will always ensue, whether you are in lebanon, the USA, australia, or timbaktu ... there is nothing impossible about that.

best of luck.

 
At Friday, January 19, 2007 7:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lazarus,
opinions ARE NOT worthless, they are what makes human beings different from the rest of creatures.

Akid, one should be able to defend his/her opinion with justified argument, but this is NOT what happens here....

When you discuss the idea, the concept of one's opinion, you are in USA, Australia or even Timpaktu. But when you use one's opinion to attack him/her personally, then you are in Liban. This is our problem in Liban; we live to criticize others, not their opinions or thoughts.

best of luck

 
At Friday, January 19, 2007 8:27:00 PM, Blogger Lazarus said...

the problem, FaiLaSoof, is that we continue to dabble in opinions, as opposed to arguments. (and let me say that isn't a lebanese phenomenon, although we do seem to think we are special in that regard).

an opinion is the product of a personal thought process, and disagreements with an opinion result in personal friction because it indirectly results in an insult. we will ALWAYS think our opinions are correct, regardless of how (un)solid they are, and because of that, it is impossible to argue against opinions. this is one of the fundamental stumbling blocks in conflict resolution.

in more technical terms, opinions are "descriptive" (i.e. swimming is fun) vs. arguments, which are "normative" (i.e. 1+1 = 2). as long as opinions reign over discussions, people will continue to think that "we live to criticize others." it is our responsibility to change the stream of discourse towards a more normative playing field.

and it is possible to do that.

anyways, enjoy your weekend.

laz.

 
At Friday, January 19, 2007 8:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't agree with you more laz. You hit the heart of the truth, my point exactly.

It's up to us, however, to try changing the "debating form", and I think you and I had put our feet in the right path :)

enjoy ur time

 
At Friday, January 19, 2007 8:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't agree with you more laz. You hit the heart of the truth, my point exactly.

It's up to us, however, to try changing the "debating form", and I think you and I had put our feet in the right path :)

enjoy ur time

 
At Saturday, January 20, 2007 7:21:00 PM, Blogger MMMMMMMMM said...

If you guys were talking about blogs initialy I believe that blogs are about writing anything you want whether opinion or argument. You can write about your thoughts, your work, the new steak-frite at downtown, anything you want.... regardless of their worthiness...

Failasoof: u r right about what you said about opinions

 
At Sunday, January 21, 2007 1:36:00 PM, Blogger MarxistFromLebanon said...

when you have deaf ears, what to do you

 
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