(Which is too small for a proper post but too long for Facebook)
So don’t ask me why I was thinking this, but tonight I got stuck on things I learned when I was really young, and this thought emerged: When you’re making an argument to an authority figure, especially when you’re arguing against someone else, the worst thing you can do is go into it thinking you’re definitely right. People who think they’re definitely right expect everyone else to succumb to the obvious logic of their side, don’t make a proper case, then get confused when they don’t win. Rather go into it with the supposition that it doesn’t matter who is right and who isn’t, the only question is who SOUNDS more right. You can spin the living hell out of anything if your goal is to be the more sympathetic party (also, the words “I didn’t know that” are your best friends).
This is going to shoot me in the foot next time I run into one of these situations, but I felt it worthy of note. No one cares if you’re right, just sound better than everyone else.
Oh, I came to this realization when I was about 7, by the way. The cynicism started early.