Losing Arguments Cards

I’ve always found the following use of Godwin’s Law to be an interesting idea.

For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress.[8] This principle is itself frequently referred to as Godwin’s law.

I ran into one a week or two ago at VCU’s online summit. Someone literally said to me “Well, I’m older.” My response was something like “You’re really going to play that card?” and so Losing Arguments Cards has been in my head ever since. The following is my homage to this particular losing strategy.

Old Age Card

There was a time when merely surviving to old age meant you were wiser than just about anyone. You could find food during famine. You knew the poisonous berries and where to find good water. You survived the bears, wolves, and radioactive cannibals. You earned respect by simply not dying . . .

However, we live in a civilization. There are legions of people dedicated to keeping you from dying of your own stupidity. Things are labeled poisonous even if no one in their right mind would ever eat them. We killed most every animal that might eat you.

Maybe you learned something in your additional years on this earth, maybe you didn’t. I’m betting you didn’t since you’re falling back on your birthday to try to win an argument.

Comments on this post

  1. Gillian Lambert said on May 26, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    My Losing Argument Card was “Because she’s a girl” when my 14-year-old son asked me why he couldn’t get his ear pierced like his older sister. I think I was more surprised at my response than my son was. He won…..this time.

  2. John Johnston said on May 27, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Damn, nothing let to look forward to, might as well trim my beard.

    • Tom Woodward said on May 27, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Age doesn’t = respect but beards are another story entirely. I’m not a savage.