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    Well, screw all this, I'm still waiting for a definition of : SYMAPTHY (see thread title)

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    This thread was split from another thread. But here you go...

    define: sympathy - Google Search

    an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
    sharing the feelings of others
    the association of sharing the feelings or interests of another
    denotes fellow feeling or emotional identification with a person when we seem to share his experiences and feelings
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    Oh shoot! There's no spell-checker on the title thingy and I can't spell to save my life.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    No, that's sympathy. This thread is about SYMAPTHY dammit!

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    Hah! Now it's fixed.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I'm just still not sure why arguing about the definitions makes any sense. Doesn't it make more sense to agree on SOME sort of definition, in the process of addressing an actual problem? Rather than arguing about whose definition is more right? Since words and word sounds are arbitrary anyway and just signifiers?
    I would love to agree on a defintion.

    The problem is when we argue about various definitions. Especially when people make up their own. For example, when Ayn Rand made up her own defintion of the word "altruism", she was able to make a rational argument against her version of "altruism" that is the basis for her entire philosophy. Obviously, her "altruism" has very little to do with what most people would consider altruism, but by arbitrarily redefining the term, she makes it appear like she has a rational argument to make against the more universally agreed upon version of altruism. It's nothing but an equivocation technique, and it is insidiously annoying to encounter in discussion.
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