Challenge the Premise

If you answer the question, you endorse the premise.

The truth is, every question, in every conversation, places the two in the space the questioner has decided is important.  There is no logical or moral compulsion to buy that prior decision.  Often, to do so wastes time.

Jesus seldom answered the question.  His reluctance to do so was not a “tactic”, not some coy maneuvering, but simply moral clarity.  He had the clarity to see what the question said about the questioner, and He wanted to talk about that, instead of what the questioner wanted to talk about. Any conversation that isn’t personal to both is a fake conversation.

Journalists particularly hate this, because the assumption that their premises are sacred is the only leverage they have to control the conversation. Any conversation that is controlled is a fake conversation.  They like to enjoy, as an occupational handout,  the unique fiction that their premises are what all rational people think.

If you answer the question, you endorse the premise.

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