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Personal warmth is as important as intellectual steel

IT IS a curious truth of human discourse that the possession of powerful arguments is useless if your personal manner undercuts your own case. To the attentive ear, shrill, self-righteous or, worst of all, humourless voices condemn the speaker, and there is no court of appeal. Our instinct knows that, whatever lines of apparently ineluctable logic such a voice may weave before us, there is a crack in its argument somewhere, through which humanity has leaked out. Continue reading

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