Daily Archives: September 19, 2007

Apophasis

Apophasis (a-pof’-a-sis): The rejection of several reasons why a thing should or should not be done and affirming a single one, considered most valid.

When he told her she had to sit at the back of the bus, she could have simply complied; but compliance with injustice perpetuates it. When he told her she had to sit at the back of the bus, she could have stepped off the bus and walked away; but walking away from evil leaves it lashing at those who remain. So, she held her place–she held her seat.  And abiding in a higher law that’s written in all of our hearts, she faced wickedness with resistance–with courage and dignity.  And on that day she showed us what it takes to deliver ourselves from tyranny.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)