“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”Sun Tzu, The Art of War.
I apologize for the late entry today. Yesterday was a 15 hour work day in the 90 degree sun and then we had a long ride home, so I am just getting to this now.
While you may not enjoy understanding those with whom you disagree it is eminently necessary for a host of reasons: 1.) so as to avoid strawmanning your opponent as best as you can, 2.) to know and acknowledge any truth which they propound, 3.) so that you can locate and advocate for common ground if any exists, 4.) to remain up on the current conversation or literature, and 5.) to help others understand where your opponents are coming from. There are other virtues to listening to one’s opponents but I hope you can see that there is sufficient reason to take time to read and listen to those with whom you disagree.
That said, the video below is a recent entry on Mark Ward’s YouTube channel in which he, by his estimation, engages his best opponent. That opponent’s name is Christopher Yetzer (sp). Give the video a watch. Hear Christopher’s objections and judge for yourself if Ward’s answers alleviate the objections presented or if his answers exacerbate the problems rising from Christopher’s objections.
Lord willing, I will offer a critique of my own in the coming days.
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