How to Win an Argument
To win an argument one must keep in mind the following factors: Is the
argument worth fighting? Do you have the proper background to win the
argument? Who is your opponent? And finally, do I have the proper
Before getting involved in an argument, you must decide whether or not
it is even worth fighting. Does the subject at hand have any interest to you,
does it make a difference if you win or lose. An argument about Jackie
Gleson's weight at death, or the amount of torque output in a 1976 Ford
Pinto, probably doesn't make much difference to anyone and isn't very
interesting. Not getting involved is probably the best way to go. However if
the argument will decide who gets the parking spot on 187th and Amsterdam,
or whether you have a week or a month to write an essay, you may want to
consider getting into the dispute.
If fighting arguments is just an "ego boost"
or hobby, then disregard the above.
The next item to take into consideration is your background on the
topic. You should never enter an argument you have no information about,
because it will only end in "your mother is a ....." insults. In a factual
argument, it is helpful if the truth is on your side, but as we've learned from
our politicians, it is not necessary. However, if the truth does eventually get
out you may end up looking like a fool. In a multi-sided argument, an
argument which is not dealing in absolute truths, but rather different
opinions, it is preferable to believe in the side you for which you are arguing,
but isn't necessary if your background is strong enough. In simpler terms,
don't get into an argument...