Saving the discussion for another day is just a dishonest way of supporting the status quo

Pretty much anyone who’s paid attention to a few meetings has enough information to notice the status quo is generally easy to hold, and the easiest move to hold it is to delay change.

Fighting change is risky. To fight change to have to open the floor to discussion. If a case is presented, it gets at least thought about. If I talk about how awesome guns are, you’re going to judge whether I’m right or not. Which means you might judge not. Which means the case for guns being not awesome can get its foot in the door.

If I want to keep the gun situation the way it is, I shut down the discussion. I say now is not the time to talk about it. Then neither side gets to say anything, so the status quo holds. If some people want to make me do some work by, say, having the organization put on an event, and I want to just collect my paycheck without doing anything of value, I keep saying “we’ll talk about it next time” until I’ve run out the clock and there is no next time to talk about it. Because doing nothing at all is what happens when you delay the dialogue forever.

It is, almost always, a cop-out move. It’s lazy. It’s worthless in terms of doing anything of worth. If one is fully neutral with regard to future action, then one may as well okay a tentative plan. Gun ban in six months unless revised. Rave in eight weeks unless revised.

And if someone isn’t willing to do that, they’re not neutral; they’re dishonest.

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