Apoplanesis


Apoplanesis (a-po-plan’-e-sis): Promising to address the issue but effectively dodging it through a digression.

Question: What is your concept of truth?

Answer: Truth! Ah, yes. Well, I can answer that and truthfully too.  Ha Ha.

Now, concepts can be vexing especially when we try to pin down what exactly a concept is, and a ‘concept’ of truth–woo: Truth in Italics, Truth in Bold Face, Truth underlined, Capital T Truth, lowercase t truth, or “truth” in quotation marks? So many ways of saying, displaying, and delivering the T word.

But.

Truth is not about fonts, faces, upper- and lower-cases, or quotation marks. Truth is trusting, just as much as it is actual.

So, truth is like going out on a limb & when the limb snaps & when you hit the ground–the solid, hard, unforgiving ground–no leaves, go grass, no flowers, no bumblebees, puppies, pillows, or trampolines–just bare-naked earth–you wonder: Did I just hit the earth or did the earth hit me? As you wonder, you realize you’re unconscious, and being conscious of being unconscious, you know what truth is.

Right?

Now, let’s go back to watching “Game of Thrones.”

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

 

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