Refraction (Bent Thinking) #7
Appeal To Pity: Attempting to stir up pity in the hearer, and having done so, ignores other, possibly more relevant considerations. Refutation: Recognize and acknowledge the value of compassion and empathy, then point out that it is important to look at the bigger picture. Example: “How can you force this pregnant teenage girl to have a baby knowing that both the mother and child will have the deck stacked against them in life?” If you have a position that does not allow for abortion, at least begin the discussion by acknowledging the reality of this girl’s struggle and admit that human suffering is occurring. It is important to have principles and to protect them, but it is also important to acknowledge human suffering and offer help if possible. It is also important NOT to let pity rather than sound judgment determine your actions.