“It is not possible to write clearly enough to avoid being misrepresented by people who are sufficiently determined to do so.” — Karl Popper, paraphrase
In keeping with the point of the statement, the above is a paraphrase Karl Popper, not a direct quote, as I can’t remember where to find it, LOL.
Dan John once said (paraphrase!) that you haven’t really understood something if you’re still directly quoting it. In other words, put things into your own words, then test to see if your version has the same meaning (the same point) as the original. If so, then you probably understand. If not, you don’t.
In the heat of arguments, humans not only fail to understand the point of what their opponents were getting at or intending, but do so on purpose! (Albeit, usually unconsciously.)
This has been the fate of poor Popper — most of his critics seemingly never even read his work. It’s shocking the elementary errors they make in misrepresenting him and his ideas, and how their entire range of arguments hinge on these misrepresentations.
Don’t for a second think that “flame wars” only happen on Facebook.
Now go lift something heavy,