Thursday, September 03, 2015

The "this is not the hill to die on" argument

It is not strategic to die on any old hill, but The Revd Douglas Wilson is surely right that there is a great temptation never to be willing to die on any hill:

"whenever we get to that elusive and ever-receding “hill to die on,” we will discover, upon our arrival there, that it only looked like a hill to die on from a distance. Up close, when the possible dying is also up close, it kind of looks like every other hill. All of a sudden it looks like a hill to stay alive on, covered over with topsoil that looks suspiciously like common ground.

So it turns out that surrendering hills is not the best way to train for defending the most important ones. Retreat is habit-forming."

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