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17 April 2012 @ 11:45 am
An assertion  
"I prefer X to Y" and "X works better for me than Y does" are not moral statements and do not imply that I think X is generically bad or less than Y.

This assertion is not prompted by any current drama or distress; it's just a thought about claims of relative best versus claims of absolute best.
 
 
A Wandering Hobbit: cognitive hazardredbird on April 17th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Related to this, "I prefer X to Y" does not mean "I don't like Y." I decided this afternoon that I would rather have dim sum than pho, but if Kam Fung hadn't been right there, pho would have been a fine thing.

What I think I need to watch out for, occasionally, is the inverse of that: if I don't actually want X or Y, it probably doesn't matter which I would mind less. And if it does matter, I still should be clear that it's "I don't really like either of those, but if I have to pick, I'll take X," but I'd rather have Z, or nothing at all.
Shadow/Brookekengr on April 17th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
You've just reminded me of "Quigley Down Under". Quigley is always saying that he doesn't like pistols. As the bad guy learns the hard way, that didn't mean he didn't know how to use them. :-)