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If you have to explain something, you don’t have to explain it

Today I’ve encountered a phrase which I already had seen once or twice, and which I really liked. A rough translation into English would sound like this:

If you have to explain something, you don’t have to explain it.

This phrase indeed may imply a lot of different things. One of the use cases I find great is that if you have to persuade someone to do something, you don’t have to do it. The phrase obviously shouldn’t be used in all the situations, especially when the result of the discussion might improve quality of your work or life in general, and here you really do have to explain things.

Nevertheless, I feel like it could be beneficial to leverage this principle in lots of unimportant debates, whether it’s on social media, forums, comments sections, etc., or when it comes to chats with family and friends. In majority of cases similar discussions don’t end good, no one is really adopting each other’s opinion. So, why bother explaining?

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