I have always been pedantic in nature, as far back, as I can remember.
For whatever its worth, I vividly remember those rare, unprecedented instances when this attribute showered upon me, almost a quasi-superpower — to discern a meaningful pattern in plain sight, which others might glean over as being banal. And all of this was being fueled by keen observations, made chillingly close to the bones.
While in other similar instances, that very same itch — to get every little detail and nuance, as immaculate as possible, has more often than not, kept me at bay from umpteen opportunities of revelations; all whizzing past me left and right.
And so it occurs to me, that as strange as it gets, maybe this is nature’s way of giving me a backhanded compliment.
One such episode of that same pedantic nature manifesting itself reminds me of a revelation I chanced upon that I would love to share.
I hesitate to use the word “revelation” owing to its extent of contextual misuse, but let us proceed anyway with whatever limited linguistic machinery is available to us.
The revelation is not something tangible.
It revolves more around meaningful semantics and therefore can help you look at things in a new light.
Now, let us look at the proposition:
Supposing you have a viewpoint, should you articulate an argument?
Let me break this into smaller nuggets for better comprehension:
Here, the word “argument” has to be separated from its root word “argue”, in the context of its meaning. It becomes a misnomer, otherwise.
The purpose of the word “argument” slouches more towards the term “assertion” than the word “argument” for argument’s sake.
Think of the collective case as a dialogue unto yourself. Although, there is no “Other” in the conversation, per se; it is vital to know that it is also NOT a monologue.
You are the Speaker and the Interlocuter. The “Interlocuter You” validates what the “Speaker You” thinks through their collective argument. While the “Speaker You” utilizes “Interlocuters You’s” validation to guide its own action.
From the above heuristics, a predicated set of arguments “from” yourself “to” yourself, can converge successfully to create a well-knit story “about” yourself.
Now, here’s the final upshot:
Why should you voice your story?
To voice your thoughts or viewpoints through a story is to create your own meta-human clone, who is responsible for holding you accountable for all your actions. And, the sole purpose of breaking a story into arguments is that writing even a single well-put case helps you to learn to clarify your thoughts and articulate it sincerely, honestly and accurately.
Because if you’re writing to figure out what you think, then you’re going to use what you think to guide your action and the consequence of that is going to decide how your life turns out to be.
This, in turn, allows you to be serious about what you write (or think) because you know what the pathway is.
It can hold you accountable for miscommunicating because if you do, you’ll warp the very structure that guides your action and you will eventually suffer for that.
Let me explain this with an example:
It is essential to my understanding of the kind of person that I believe myself to be, that I am punctual. I also have decided that I am the kind of person who does not miss deadlines.
And so it follows, that me seeing myself as a developer and a writer is also valuable, because if I am not writing, developing and learning, then I’m not “earning” that image.
You can see why being vegan quickly becomes part of people’s identity too. If it was just about choosing not to eat any animal products, the diet would be tough to adhere to. But because it is a lifestyle and there’s an ideology attached to it, vegans are willing to push through all that. They don’t see it as a choice but as the right thing to do.
One of the things I’ve learned is that you can never get away with anything untrue, ever. The chicken always comes home to roost. You can never get away with a falsehood. And, you can never get away with weak thinking, any more than you can get away with improper action.
If you tell the truth, then you have reality on your side. And therefore, I’m very careful with what I say, and I’m very careful with I write.