Dialectic is the art of investigating or discussing the truth of opinions. I joined up with my peer George Kantelis, and we experimented with dialectic. The argument: “it is better to live a short, fun, but risky life rather than a long, boring, and safe one.” Take a look at how this one played out.
Kyle’s claim: It is not better to live a long, healthy, boring life than a short, risky and fun one.
Key: K= Kyle G=George
K: You only get to live your life once, right? So, would you rather have once in a lifetime experiences, or living the same year of your life for the rest of your life?
G: So, would you say that there is a way to objectively quantify the value of an experience?
K: No. Wouldn’t living in the same repetitive existence equate to essentially being dead?
G: So, if there is no way to objectively give value to an experience, would you say that a rare experience, such as a once in a lifetime one, is any more valuable than a common experience, objectively?
K: I agree. There are no “better” or “worse” life experiences; however, can an individual find happiness or complacency without actually having experienced what life has to offer?
G: Well, happiness too, is a subjective term–it is possible for people to find comfort in repetitiveness. Groundhog Day is a nightmare to some, but you have to imagine that there are people that would find the utmost comfort in seeing the exact same turn of events every day–it provides structure and predictability, which can calm nerves and allow more free thinking.
K: I believe in structure. I do also believe that life is a gift, and it should be lived in a way that communicates to yourself and others that it’s an experience that cannot be replicated or revived.
G: But who are you to say how people should live their lives, or how people should communicate to themselves? Why does it matter that life can only be lived once if an individual who lives a boring life feels happy and fulfilled?
K: Do you honor legacies?
G: I don’t see why it matters if I honor legacies. If someone lives a boring life with no chance to be remembered, and that doesn’t bother him or her, then what is the issue?
K: Your existence can only be observed intuitively from behind your eyes. With this being said, shouldn’t the experiences observed from your singular existence be important?
G: Isn’t importance subjective, too? If someone lives a boring life, but he loves his two kids with all his heart–that might be the most important thing in the universe to him.