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"Flinching away from truth” is often about *protecting* the epistemology

72 AnnaSalamon 20 December 2016 06:39PM

Related to: Leave a line of retreat; Categorizing has consequences.

There’s a story I like, about this little kid who wants to be a writer.  So she writes a story and shows it to her teacher.  

“You misspelt the word ‘ocean’”, says the teacher.  

“No I didn’t!”, says the kid.  

The teacher looks a bit apologetic, but persists:  “‘Ocean’ is spelt with a ‘c’ rather than an ‘sh’; this makes sense, because the ‘e’ after the ‘c’ changes its sound…”  

No I didn’t!” interrupts the kid.  

“Look,” says the teacher, “I get it that it hurts to notice mistakes.  But that which can be destroyed by the truth should be!  You did, in fact, misspell the word ‘ocean’.”  

“I did not!” says the kid, whereupon she bursts into tears, and runs away and hides in the closet, repeating again and again: “I did not misspell the word!  I can too be a writer!”.

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