29 January 2009

 

A Good Offense Being the Best Defense....

A couple of postulates:

(1) Our wiring is such that we are more likely to take offense when no offense is given than we are to not take offense when offense is given.

(2) The fraction of times that offense is taken is greater, maybe substantially greater, than the fraction of times that offense is given.

Does (1) lead to (2)? I've got some preliminary event trees drawn out, but won't share until I take time to work it through. In the meantime, can't each of us choose to reduce our own incidence of taking offense when none is given by adopting the presumption that by-and-large offense is neither intended nor even given? Isn't it our responsibility to do so?

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