How to make something look as if it exists
Something to Ponder When Dealing With Xians
Abraham Lincoln used to ask this question: "How many legs does a horse have if you call its tail a leg?"
What do you think the answer is? Some people say 5, or 4 or 3, or 1 or trying to outsmart the person who asks the question, zero.
But the answer Lincoln gave is "4." Calling "a tail" a leg does not make it a leg. A leg has definite properties. A leg is very different from an arm, or hip, face, or back.
When I first heard this I thought it was just a joke. But Lincoln had serious reasons for asking the question.
So often lawyers refer to something as "X" even when that itself is the issue in dispute. "When did you sign the contract?" sounds like a question about when, but in cases where the piece of paper is not a contract, the goal of the question is to get all those listening to think that it is already decided -- that it is a contract and that there is no doubt.
This applies to when Christians make up catchy phrases that have lasted a lifetime. That really doesn’t make it correct, just because those catchy phrases caught on. Is a lie still a lie, even though millions of people think it’s the truth?
People who think there is something they refer to as god don't ask enough questions.