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I don't particularly care for the phrase, "It's obvious."


I'll tell you why.


"It's obvious" is a phrase often conveniently used when it would be too much trouble, or too uncomfortable, to bring logical thought to bear.


It short-circuits rationality. It pulls the rug out from under critical thinking.


It excuses us from having to think through beliefs or justify ideas that we'd prefer to just swallow whole.


In fact, I don't believe anything I've ever taken for granted as "obvious" has turned out to be entirely true.


And conversely, I think I've never seen anything true (as hard as truth ever is to see anyway) that neatly corresponded with what common sense would have as "obvious".


Yet it goes without saying that I probably use the word practically every day.