This is the challenge: when it comes to any dialectical thesis, the tug of war to find the mean, there can be no known truth. To suggest that there are "truths," or to otherwise intimate that this or that opinion shall be considered correct, particularly if placed outside the mean, in either extreme, is to perpetuate the semantic deception. To realize that this deception exists is step one to defeating it, to understand who delivers it and why is step one to stopping its dissemination.
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