YOU ARE HERE.
am i? whether i have either arrived or departed is open for considerable debate, sir.
YOU LEFT FROM SOMEWHERE. YOU ARE HERE NOW.
but that is only your interpretation of the path, figuratively and metaphorically, that i am now following (or according to you i have followed). could it not, for example, be that i am only half-way to my intended destination?
BUT YOU MAY LIE.
as may you, sir. but considering that there is no proof to support either you or myself, we must examine what we are aware of. is it true that you believe what you believe?
then, so far as you can tell, is it not also very likely, if not fact, that i believe what i believe?
but is there any way to prove, mathematically or rhetorically, the integrity of either of those two statements?
BY THEIR NATURE, NO.
then how could they be anything other than valid? true, they can only be considered as opinions, but in terms of the purity of the principles that govern them, they are infallible.
THEY COULD BE FALSE, RATHER THAN TRUE.
i see – as if the quality of the opinion was not ‘real’ enough to qualify as true – as if the opinion is inherently missing something required for it to be identified as ‘true,’ yes?
would it be fair to say, sir, that your assertion of all opinions being false rather than true was an independent statement – that it was not in response to anything in particular that i just said?
NO – I WAS CRITQUING YOUR STATEMENT.
would you say that my statement you spoke in response to was logically sound – that your critique was the result of a disagreement of opinion, not a dispute of the integrity of a fact?
so your critique was an opinion, was it not?
IT SEEMS SO.
and you previously questioned why opinions could not be absolutely false, yes?
then why, sir, would i or indeed anyone respond to or seek out a criticism such as the one you offered me if they were false? what value would i perceive in it?
IN THAT CASE, NONE.
so all opinions must be true, yes?
AS FAR AS OPINIONS ARE CONCERNED, YES.
we agree. i must be on my way now – i’m only half-way to where i intend to go.