On Critics, a Parable

An Arayawa was sitting in the corner of the establishment speaking with a man and a woman on the perfect philosophy of negation.

"I still do not understand," said the man, "what it means to rightfully negate and to wrongfully negate."

"The difference," said the Arayawa, "is whether or not coercion is involved."

"And this is why I have the right to say no for myself," replied the woman, "but I do not have the right to say no for others."

"But I still do not see the coercion," cried the man, "that just seems like a disagreement or a suggestion."

Just then, two men walked up who were sitting at a nearby table.

"Well, I think you are speaking lies," said the first man.

"And, we don't allow lairs in here," said the second man, pulling out a club.

The Arayawa spun into a crouching position and leaped up, working his knife up and under the second man's throat and pushing him into the wall!

The establishment went silent as a drop of blood trickled from the point of the knife the Arayawa was holding to the man's throat.

"The difference, you see," said the Arayawa, "is that any person may disagree with me, but no person may silence me.  For in disagreeing with me, a person merely states their own right of negation.

"But in any degree that a person tries to silence me, they attack my right of negation. I may then do what is necessary in order to defend that right.  For the right may be defended as though the one doing the coercing has forfeited their right in kind.  Therefore, I maintain my right through defense, even if this poor fool has forfeited the right. In this, there is balance, and continual protection of the right.

"And if this man doesn't drop his club, I will drop his dead body on the floor."

The man dropped the club on the floor, and the Arayawa spun the man away from the wall and into the middle of the floor.  The man regained his balance and ran from the establishment.

The Arayawa turned to the first man.

"I've done nothing to you," cried the first man!

The Arayawa put his knife back in its scabbard, and said, "Of course you haven't, good sir.  Would you like to discuss your disagreement with me over drinks?"

"Will you kill me if I disagree," asked the first man?

Laughing, the Arayawa replied, "If I did that, then I would be conceding your argument, and would be a liar, now wouldn't I?"

"Then," the first man replied as he sat down, "I am no longer sure that we are in disagreement.  Please, tell me more of this philosophy of negation."