I often try to avoid going through all the details of something, instead reasoning about why something must be true based on its similarity to something else. This kind of reasoning appeals to me because it's very efficient and effective. Why do all the hard work of a formal bottom-up proof when you can prove something using abstract principles? When I use this kind of reasoning with Te's they often tune me out because they think it can't possibly be that easy.
It reminds me of abstract nonsense in mathematics. What basically happened is that category theorists came around and demonstrated that they could simplify super detailed mathematical proofs into just a few steps. Many mathematicians didn't take kindly to this new development. But I love it! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_nonsense
What do you think?