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What does the Two of Swords mean?

August 20, 2016

Two of Swords RWS2.0 Tarot eCardsHere is a pithy meaning for the Two of Swords:
Beware the “fallacy of gray.”

Another way of expressing this pithy meaning is this:
While it’s true that things aren’t “black and white” we should also beware of the “fallacy of gray.”

This fallacy consists of thinking that everything along a continuum is essentially the same.  For example, “So what if Nixon did all that? All politicians are crooks.”

10pct gray is not the same as 90pct gray 50pct

Also, the following quote from a novel called David’s Sling by Marc Stiegler (which I found on a blog post titled “The Fallacy of Gray”) is an illustration of this fallacy and an explanation of why it is a fallacy:

The Sophisticate:  “The world isn’t black and white.  No one does pure good or pure bad. It’s all gray.  Therefore, no one is better than anyone else.”
The Zetet:  “Knowing only gray, you conclude that all grays are the same shade.  You mock the simplicity of the two-color view, yet you replace it with a one-color view.”

Note: The “fallacy of gray” is also known as the “continuum fallacy”:

The fallacy is the argument that two states or conditions cannot be considered distinct (or do not exist at all) because between them there exists a continuum of states. 

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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