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Eeyore Paradox

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 2 Aug 2022, 23:43

If I say the best thing to do about Eeyore is ignore him, then I haven’t ignored him, have I?

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A very useful paradox. I like the thinking provoked. 

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I think it depends on how ‘ignore him’ is to be understood. By advising others to ignore him I’m taking an active part in exhorting others to ignore him i.e. not to react to him. I am, therefore, not ignoring him. If I’m exhorting others not to react to Eeyore and they consequently don’t react then it is they who are ignoring him but are not ignoring me. So, I agree with you that ‘I haven’t ignored him’.