What is sophistry? In short, it’s a theory that’s plausible but fallacious. In ancient times, there was actually a school of thinkers called the Sophists. Great thinkers have warned us about sophistry, urging us to avoid the trap.
What’s a modern example of a Sophist? Well, we have so many. For starters, the conspiracy fanatic is a sophist – he’s married to ideas that are partially true, but wholly incorrect.
So proceed with caution, my friends. Life is short and your time is valuable. Therefore, you should implement a strategy:
Do not continually engage with a sophist.
He’s not interested in exchanging ideas. He doesn’t care about intellectual inquiry, historical observation, or philosophical analysis. He’s using the conversation as a front, covering up his true aim.
In short, the sophist is looking to weaken you as a man. By undercutting your knowledge, he can bring you down to his broken level. He’s a half-man, incapable of scaling the ladders of greatness. So he tries to push over your ladder.
Stay on guard, my fellow Majors. Your time is valuable…your bank of knowledge must be protected with armed guards. The sophist would like to rob your mental bank account and leave you on the side of the road: a destitute man without a dollar of wisdom.
You’ve studied the work of ancient minds. You’ve read about the achievements of GREAT MEN. Now hold fast….don’t let the charlatans of sophistry deter you.
You have a destiny with greatness.
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