Tuesday, August 09, 2005

An addendum on indecisiveness

In a previous post, I argued in support of indecisiveness in issues in which one will not take any action in either direction. A counterargument could be that, even though that a person himself may not be able to take action, voicing a decisive opinion can strengthen the courage of others who agree with this opinion and have the ability to undertake concrete action to further a goal. Of course, in every scenario one must decide whether this is the case, and to say what will have the most positive results. A decisive statement may prevent careful examination of the issue(unless one is talking with someone who is willing to make decisive statements in the other direction and both parties are willing to listen to the other) and a cautious, nuanced statement tends to result in no practical action.


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