Monthly Archives: September 2016

Winning an Argument

It’s funny how you don’t really need to win an argument to win an argument. Most of the time if you are able to prove your opponent to be wrong, that might be all you need to win the argument. At other times you only need to distract from the argument itself and ever so slightly make the argument about something else.

I first noticed this in the movie “Thank you for Smoking“. There is a scene where Nick Naylor (played by Aaron Eckhart) and his son Joey Naylor (played by Cameron Bright) and the conversation goes:

Joey Naylor: …so what happens when you’re wrong?
Nick Naylor: Whoa, Joey I’m never wrong.
Joey Naylor: But you can’t always be right…
Nick Naylor: Well, if it’s your job to be right, then you’re never wrong.
Joey Naylor: But what if you are wrong?
Nick Naylor: OK, let’s say that you’re defending chocolate, and I’m defending vanilla. Now if I were to say to you: ‘Vanilla is the best flavour ice-cream’, you’d say…
Joey Naylor: No, chocolate is.
Nick Naylor: Exactly, but you can’t win that argument… so, I’ll ask you: so you think chocolate is the end all and the all of ice-cream, do you?
Joey Naylor: It’s the best ice-cream, I wouldn’t order any other.
Nick Naylor: Oh! So it’s all chocolate for you is it?
Joey Naylor: Yes, chocolate is all I need.
Nick Naylor: Well, I need more than chocolate, and for that matter I need more than vanilla. I believe that we need freedom. And choice when it comes to our ice-cream, and that Joey Naylor, that is the defintion of liberty.
Joey Naylor: But that’s not what we’re talking about
Nick Naylor: Ah! But that’s what I’m talking about.
Joey Naylor: …but you didn’t prove that vanilla was the best…
Nick Naylor: I didn’t have to. I proved that you’re wrong, and if you’re wrong I’m right.

BTW, I copied the above from IMDb.

– manzoor


Marriage & Children

Recently a friend of mine shared the article “9 Brutally real reasons why millennials refuse to have kids” and there was the radio show on “All the Single Ladies” that was talking about how more and more woman are choosing to not get married or have children.

This is important not only because of the change that is happening and reminding us of that change but this is also a reminder that these lifestyles that we assume that are meant to be used to not always be like they are today. These

– manzoor


A friend of mine blog’d, so I am continuing the thread, sort of.

Racism is interesting. I mean the term “racism” itself is interesting in that different people interpret it differently. To me, racism is “discriminating someone because of their race”. This “act of discriminating” begins in our thought / belief and slowly crawls out of us or at least it tries to crawl out and it is at that point that we first have the opportunity of dealing with racism within ourselves.

– manzoor