There is more to explanations than what they explain.
Equally important to what we explain is what we justify. If you accept an explanation someone gives you what does that explanation justify? What door does it open? What cause does it serve?
If an explanation says something is true what else must be true?
Often benign sounding explanations justify horrendous actions. Read Bob Whittaker’s Mad in America that recounts the history of the mental health system in America and see how often “truth” justifies atrocity.
Every truth makes some action okay. Every truth comes with an arrow that points you in some direction. Make sure it is safe and worth going before you start your journey.
Many explanations justify us getting our way. As I get older I am astonished with how much of our explanations are simply justifications for doing what we want to do anyway. We tell our…
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