Generic counter-argument #1 (It’s not you, it’s me)

28 03 2011

There are many “universal” counter-arguments. Counter-arguments that keep cropping us, or that can be used in response to a certain, class of arguments.

The “it’s not you, it’s me” counter-argument

A common break-up cliche, this applies to arguments that blame one thing for another problem.

For example:

“Globalisation is a problem because it has resulted in the loss of local cultures”
“Scientific research is used to advance a political motive, and this makes it problematic”
“Technology has has killed the simple pleasures of life because nowadays we are more likely to entertain ourselves with a dizzying array of technology-based options, rather than engage in simple pleasures like taking a stroll in the park”

In all examples, one could counter-argue that it’s not the fault of globalisation, or scientific research, or technology (which are all neutral) – it’s man that doesn’t act to stop cultural erosion (which has always existed, even before globalisation), it is man that is politically motivated (not scientific research) and it is man that chooses to play with gadgets rather than walk in the park.

It’s not you, it’s me.


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