Day 17 of Blogging from A to Z. Today’s letter is Q
Q Is for Quodlibet, Quibbles & Quarrels
grow to quarrels when questioned
mules wearing blinders
© Perle Champion
Quodlibet is a disputation on a philosophical or theological point. These days few people or nations, for that matter, know how to have civilized discourse or debate on their preconceived ideals or the issues of the day.
Each person or nation stands firm, determined to convince the other at the outset that their belief is the only truth one and all others are wrong. There is rarely an open mind on either side. (Kierkegaard says it best; see quote below).
I no longer discuss, and rarely voice my beliefs to certain people, because it just isn’t worth my time. I most certainly don’t have the patience with someone that believes if they shout loud enough and drown out other viewpoints, then they win. I’m not sure what they think they win except to shut out any possibility of learning something new.
“The most terrible fight is not when there is one opinion against another, the most terrible is when two men say the same thing – and fight about the interpretation, and this interpretation involves a difference of quality.”
– Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish Philosopher. The Journals of Søren Kierkegaard: A selection, no 1057 (ed. And tr. By Alexander, 1938), 1850 entry.