Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Why?

Can anybody tell me why I would continue a dialogue with someone who doesn't want to hear what you have to say, puts words in your mouth, tells me what I think, who thinks they know what my position is, catagorizes me and employs straw man and red herring arguments to keep the conversation going in circles? In my line of work, I've worked on the opposite side of lawyers who do some or all of the above. Most of them are crotchety old nags working in solo practices who find themselves knee deep in needless law and motion proceedings and on the business end of a judges order for sanctions for one reason or another. In the end, you have to feel sorry for them. A little humility, grace and intellectual honesty would do them well. But who am I to say and what do I know...I'm just a squirrel trying to get a nut.

5 comments:

Law Student said...

In a recent post to me...you said these words: "You and I can go round and round till the sun goes down day after day...you're not really looking for answers, you're antagonistic and you're not being intellectually honest."

Now, if you can't see that, in using these words above to me...you've done exactly what you are accusing in the first line of your newest post...then I don't what else to say.

You are the POT calling the kettle BLACK.

Mike: In my line of work, I've worked on the opposite side of lawyers who do some or all of the above. Most of them are crotchety old nags working in solo practices who find themselves knee deep in needless law and motion proceedings and on the business end of a judges order for sanctions for one reason or another.

Me: Easy to dismiss your opponent once you summarize them this way...isn't it? "I don't have to answer him. He's probably going to just wind up in a solo practice, having sanctions against him all the time because he's intellectually dishonest. My work here is done."

I hope you can see the irony and hypocrisy in your words, Mike.

Mike said...

Again, misrepresenting what I said, what I think, etc.

Mike said...

To DLS: Happy New Year to you! May 2006 do you well and may you nail 2L courses.

Law Student said...

Thank you! Have a great weekend. :) (I don't think I misrepresented you, though. *laughs*)

Law Student said...

I live in San Diego...we're practically neighbors!