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1 Post author: Elo 13 March 2017 03:44AM

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Comment author: Elo 13 March 2017 10:44:05PM 0 points [-]

Do you mean that excuses people would normally think of making have a largely overlapping range of possible validities?

The validity of an excuse is entirely circumstantial. There could be valid times where, "I don't feel like it" is a good excuse and valid times where, "literally have a broken leg" is not a valid excuse.

You say all excuses are equally valid and then turn around and say they're more or less valid.

The same excuse is all parts valid and invalid. Excuses do not "excuse" the way they might be used. They lack explanation power and they don't make anyone feel better to hear them. They are just really bad ways to think about problems. And have all this sneaky brain stuff that let's you think you are justified or safe with making excuses.

Have you ever been on the receiving end of an invalid excuse and felt better about your situation? How about a valid excuse? By who's judgement was that excuse valid or invalid? If only by the person giving an excuse is an excuse valid it fails to be useful to the rest of the world. And moreso, if your excuses are only valid to yourself and they arise from your internal voice telling you the reasons why; who is winning from your internal delusion?