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10 Self-defeating Statements You Should Stop Using

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As a culture that despises logic, Western society is filled with self-defeating ideas and ideologies that people throw out into discussions and debates as self-evident truths. While there can be doubts and question marks concerning many things, we know that these self-defeating statements are false because logically incoherent concepts cannot exist. These statements are as non-existing as square circles, finite eternities and married bachelors.

An example of a self-defeating statement that is, thankfully, less commonly used is “This statement is false”. It cannot be true on its own standards, and therefore it’s meaningless and there’s no point in taking it seriously. Another example is “No words that I write have any meaning”. If it was true, then nobody needs to care about what I just wrote.

The following 10 statements are much more commonly used, especially in discussions about God, religion, metaphysics and philosophy. You may very well find that you have used some of them yourself, and has taken for granted that it is an obvious fact even though on closer inspection, it does not meet its own standards. If so I highly recommend that you simply stop using them.

You will also most likely find that others use these statements as if they were true. To make them rethink their stance, ask them the questions that I provide after each statement to highlight the self-defeating aspect of each statement. Alright, here we go:

  1. “There are no absolutes!” – Are you absolutely sure?
  2. “There is no objective truth” – is that objectively true?
  3. “Everything is complicated!” – is it that simple?
  4. “There is no right or wrong” – is that right?
  5. “We can’t know anything” – how do you know that?
  6. “We shouldn’t believe anything we haven’t got evidence for” – are there any evidences for that?
  7. “It’s wrong to tell other people what to believe” – do you want me to believe that?
  8. ”The truth is not relevant” – is that true?
  9. ”Your truth is true for you and my truth is true for me” – is that true for both of us?
  10. ”Language cannot capture reality” – does that statement capture reality?

Since these self-defeating statements are necessarily false, we can know for sure that their opposites are necessarily true. That is:

  1. There are absolutes.
  2. There is objective truth.
  3. Everything is not complicated.
  4. There is right and wrong.
  5. We can know some things.
  6. We should believe some things we haven’t got evidence for.
  7. It’s not wrong to tell other people what to believe.
  8. The truth is relevant.
  9. The truth is true for all of us.
  10. Language can capture reality.

These ten truths are all in line with Christian theism and the worldview of the Bible, while they contradict postmodernism, Hinduism and Buddhism as well as most new age philosophies. Praise the Lord.


  1. ““There is no objective truth” – is that objectively true?”

    What is “objective truth” ? What is non-objective truth? Examples please.

    • Hello! An objective truth is true independently of the subjective viewpoint of observers like humans. For example, it if is objectively true that the sun exists, then it truly exists even if there were no people around, whereas if the existence of the sun is only true subjectively, it would not exist if there were no observers and it doesn’t exist for the one who denies its existence.


  2. […] Egentligen är inte frågan om vi ska ägna oss åt apologetik eller inte. Frågan är hur bra vi vill att den ska vara. Vi kommer alltid tänka, resonera och argumentera, det går inte att leva eller tala utan att komma in på förnuftets område. Och det blir uppenbarligen en självmotsägelse att argumentera för att man inte ska argumentera, eller att med förnuftet komma fram till att man inte ska använda förnuftet. Sådana självmotsägelser är med nödvändighet falska, som jag skriver om här. […]

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Micael Grenholm, a Swedish charismactivist, apologist and author.

Micael Grenholm, a Swedish charismactivist, apologist and author.

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