Short Answers

7 Apr

I feel people tend to prefer short answers to long ones. The thing is, the answers to many questions, especially complex ones, usually are not short answers. It really comes down to patience, and desire for the truth. A lot of people seem to have very little patience and would rather go with a short, comfortable answer that might not necessarily be true, as apposed to trying to understand a tedious complex answer, despite the fact that it is more truthful.

The people who prefer the short convenient answers deserve whatever horrible thing happens to them.

2 Responses to “Short Answers”

  1. Jerome M April 7, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    Hi there,

    Great post.

    I agree that “people tend to prefer short answers.” I believe this is because society as a whole is morally and intellectually lazy – we want to be told what to do and how to do it so we don’t have to take responsibility if things don’t turn out well. Enter the Abrahamic Religions.

    However I disagree that the answers to complex questions are themselves complex. In my experience, (or more accurately, in my belief), the answers to some of the most complex and profound questions are deceptively simple.

    Thanks for allowing me to contribute.


  2. Alex Schroeder May 3, 2009 at 3:41 am #

    Then again finding short answers is an awesome rhetorical skill to have.

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