In 1911, Holbrook Jackson, a disciple of Nietzsche, wrote a book called Platitudes in the Making. He sent a copy to G.K. Chesterton, who write, in a green pencil, a response to nearly all of Jackson’s pithy platitudes.
Here are some examples: with Jackson’s proposals in bold type, and Chesterton’s responses in italics:-
As soon as an idea is accepted it is time to reject it. No: it is time to build another idea on it.
Drew Wilmott writes about how people – believers and non-believers alike – often use spurious arguments to defend their own version of the ‘truth’ while disparaging others’.
1. I only read/watch/listen to what I already agree with.
My views are, therefore, never tested, I never give myself an opportunity to be corrected, or to enter into the thought-world of those with whom I disagree. I see them (insofar as I see them at all) only through the lens of other people’s opinions. …