If I could ask any single question of the presidential candidates (not to help me decide who I’m going to vote for, I’ve already decided that, but just out of human curiosity) it would be this:
What do you argue about when you argue with yourself?
It is in the interest of a political candidate to at all times project certainty. You aren’t figuring things out; you’ve already got them figured. But that air of surety is and has to be a performance. Uncertainty is in the nature of the human condition. Everyone except a sociopath has arguments with themselves. And the sorts of things we argue about with ourselves often reveal the most essential parts of our personality.
(Arguments with the self are especially vital for creative people. William Butler Yeats: “Out of our quarrels with other people we make rhetoric. Out of our quarrels with ourselves we make literature.” Note that politicians, of course, do rhetoric much better than they do literature. Although that Barack Obama fella wields a pretty capable pen.)
So now it’s your turn. Two threads here to consider: what do you argue about when you argue with yourself. And what one question would you point to both of these guys if you had your turn with them?
Please note that I have John Scalzi‘s mallet of loving correction on loan and will not hesitate to play whack-a-troll in the comments thread if you come out to try and eat innocent people walking over the bridge.
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