I am inveterate explainer. It’s just what I do. Where some men draw a picture of a horse, I draw a picture of a horse and then write below it: “THIS IS A HORSE.” When it seems necessary, I italicize “horse”. And boldface. And underline, just in case. That’s because I hold two deep and contradictory convictions.
The first is that if you build an idiot-proof argument, they’ll build a better idiot.
The second is that if I just apply myself hard enough, I will nonetheless build the idiot-proof argument for this or that truth of the Faith.
I’m always, therefore, attracted to arguments that make things extremely clear, rather than to Delphic utterances that leave things shrouded in...READ MORE