Defined by words or action?

by Dan in Canada

“C’mon Dan. There is a holiday gathering at the pub tonight after work. Let’s go get a beer.”

“No, but thank you for asking.”

“You do not drink, do you, Dan?”

“No. I just choose to not do that.”

“Dan, are you an alcoholic?”

“Because I choose to not drink, I must be an alcoholic?”

“Sure… Everybody but an alcoholic drinks once in a while!”

Dan logically counters, “If you believe that then it follows from the same logic that because I do not occasionally kill someone, I am a mass murderer, correct?”

“Well, uhhhhh….”

The discussion ends and Dan goes away with a knowing smile that somehow looks more like a smirk…

Posted 11/26/02



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