A much smarter version of my argument that “persuasion matters” from a clearly superior mind.
What Athena understands and Apollo does not is this: those of us who live in a free society and sincerely believe that we are right have a moral obligation to be persuasive. Telling people that they are stupid, evil, bigoted, and useless does not work. It persuades nobody, and it does not advance the agendas that we think we are fighting for. Real persuasion requires wisdom, patience, respect, compassion, and a good sense of strategy. And even when our motives are pure, we must hold ourselves accountable for the good that we fail to do because our methods are flawed.