Winning Isn’t Everything

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“The purpose of an angument shouldn’t be victory, but progress”. You have agruments in everyday social life and probadly don’t even realize it. The most popular argument right now is whether the 49ers or Raven will win Superbowl 47. This may be stated with personal opinion because of fan beliefs,but only few people have looked at the facts about how the 49ers have a strong, solid, offense with a good quarterback or that the Ravens fired their old offensive coordinator and got a better one. With facts like these one could make a strong point about either team with a bit of logic. Aristole emphasied this as one of the key tools in a successful agrument. Aristole believed humans were logical at the core and would respond better to an argument with more reasoning. This is true because you wouldn’t listen very long to a person who is babbling along about why they feel solar energy is better than wind energy, you’d tune them out! If a person comes with strong evidence that has credibility and makes their point that we should switch to solar enegry over wind, you are more likely to vote in their favor. Emotional appeal is also a great way to give an argument backbone. Pathos can be tricky though because emotion coulds judgement, and when in a debate, you don’t want to lose your cool. Agruing isn’t nessacarily fighting, it is a sharing of two different opinions trying to persuade someone to your point of view. Winning isn’t everything in this instance. Ethos is another strong tool because if you are seen as a good debater or normally create persuavive arguments, many people are already eager to hear what you have to say. They know its going be well presented and get them to join your side. Don’t begin with winning in mind, begin with proving a point.

Agruments connect people in communication everyday. Some are more heated and violent that others, but arguing shouldn’t be about winning. It should focus more on trying to see eye to eye.

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2 thoughts on “Winning Isn’t Everything

  1. I agree with you in that winning isn’t everything. Although informal arguments are about winning and basically out-shouting the opposition, formal arguments are simply about communicating. You need to recognize the other side, and really try to understand what they’re saying in a completely objective way, while communicating your ideas in a logical and ordered fashion.

    Using the Super Bowl analogy, I agree that fans should be able to see the good and the bad sides of both teams. Neither the Ravens nor the 49ers should see their team as an invulnerable powerhouse. It is simply not true, and would create overconfidence. Both teams have their strengths and weaknesses, and fans of both teams should be able to see all aspects and attributes of the teams in a unbiased way. Truly, the game could go either way; most every aspect of it is up to chance. Everyone should be able to see that. And everyone should be able to communicate their personal beliefs without twisting the facts or worrying about which team wins.

    The same with argument. I think that everyone should be able to hold a formal argument with another person. Meaning that you don’t win or lose but only communicate- clearly show your side and clearly see the other side.

  2. Our generation is often considered the trophy generation because we always feel the need to “reward” ourselves. Every kid that participates in a competition is handed a participation ribbon at the end. This happens because we don’t realize that winning isn’t everything. We have made every aspect of life a sort of competition and we are all trying competing against each other.

    As millions of people watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, they’er going to be exposed to commercials trying to convince them to drink a certain beer, or to try a particular product because it’s the best out there. These commercials usually rely on pathos to hook the millions of viewers, and although appealing to the emotions is a common used method of persuasion, logo is also used often. Most individuals don’t realize that we are being persuaded all the time.

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