The longest distance

Why don’t politicians give us straight answers?

Because if they do so, they open themselves to attack. Any straight answer is sure to rile up a section of people who don’t like it. Therefore, they choose to talk in long, convuluted sentences without taking a stand.

Why don’t philosophers give us straight answers?

Because philosophy explores life’s truths, and the truth is nuanced. Not always is honesty is the best policy. Not always must you look before you leap. Not always is a picture is worth a thousand words. Not always does familiarity breed contempt. Always, conditions apply.

It is rightly said that in philosophy, as in politics, the longest distance between two points is a straight line.

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