Cool quote

By Katharine Swan On Saturday, December 31, 2005 At 9:14 PM


Maybe it's because of my ambition to be a writer, but I've always had an interest in collecting quotes that inspire me, hit on a profound truth, or make me think. Tonight, while watching "Prime Factors," an episode of Star Trek: Voyager from the first season, I came across a particularly good one:

"You can use logic to justify almost anything. That's its power - and its flaw."

These lines were spoken by Captain Kathryn Janeway, in a conversation with the vulcan, Tuvok. She is berating him for making a very logical decision and carrying it out behind her back, when his actions clearly violated a decision that she made based on her (and Starfleet's) moral code.

Regardless of which side of the argument we were on, I'm sure we can all remember a time that an opponent has used the most impeccable logic to argue against something we believe wholeheartedly - and can also argue to support. Logic really can be twisted and turned to argue any point, and that's why some issues - such as those surrounding religion and politics - don't go away.

Some of you know what I mean. Others will be protesting, "No way - my opponent's logic is wrong!" To these people, all I can say is, keep in mind that your opponent is saying the same thing about your logic.

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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