hello anon. i was in the middle of writing a reply when, as timing would have it, the old thread died. it's no longer possible to post what i wrote. interest has waned, and resurrecting an old argument is displeasing. the past should be forgotten. i feel somewhat guilty even quoting a dead post, but it can't be helped, this is karma. i'm obliged to reply to people who speak to me, ignoring someone makes them feel unwanted and not worthy of attention.
i contemplated many things today. the mood struck me to rebel against my nature, so i set out to write a reply that considers your viewpoint. in writing, in order in order to effectively persuade you, rather than win an argument, i considered the ways you are most likely to react to my statements, given my image of how you are, rather than the way i think you ought to react to those statements, given the rules of the philosophical game. with such a results-oriented mindset, 4 hours went by, writing and deleting. i forced myself to do things i didn't want to do, things like: not antagonizing my opponent with harsh words, pretending to agree with things in order to disarm initial hostility and encourage open mindedness, adding redundant qualifiers and disclaimers to statement at risk of being wrongfully nitpicked, explicitly stating things that ought to be obvious but annoyingly aren't, and so on. it made me feel nostalgia. shame i didn't play any battle brothers today, but all activities are strategy games, especially posting.