For example, if you’re trying to convince people to boycott a segregated store, your object is to convince them that boycotting the store will have a strategic effect, not that desegregation is morally important. For whatever reason, on a cognitive level human beings have a really hard time with this. Smucker cites an example of a Lefty roleplaying session where people were tasked with selling an action to people who agreed with them on principle but didn’t see the strategic merit of the action. Surprisingly, the sellers couldn’t make the conceptual switch to sell strategic merit: instead, they doubled down on THIS ISSUE IS IMPORTANT — even though it had been stressed to them that the people they were selling to bought into the importance of the issue. People react poorly to “this is important, so do WHATEVER I SAY”; they want to be convinced that what you’re proposing will work.
Amanda Coplin must be a very old soul. How else to explain a 31-year-old woman of the 21st century who can so fully capture in words the look and feel of the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the 20th century? Coplin immerses her readers in a world so different from our own that it almost seems like you've traveled back in time when you enter it. She lets you feel the stillness of the orchard that both isolates Talmadge and nourishes him. And when that stillness is broken by the messiness of lives that have been ruined by violence, she makes you understand why Talmadge would go to great and ultimately disastrous lengths to try to save one of those ravaged lives.