What makes an argument compelling? How are some people, politicians especially, successful when others are not? Is it the force coming from their personalities? Is it the power of the words he or she strings together? Is it the sequence of events that transpire, with a few simply and obviously opportunistic? If it is related to power then why don’t we hear about the strong arm tactics used? If it is about truth why don’t we hear about the message itself as well as the way the message embedded itself in people’s hearts and minds? Is there anything consistent in the process or the result?
At the moment I am not wise or mature enough to share with you more than a piece I have consistently found to consistent in things that are compelling. The first comes in the wrapping known as truth. When something is compelling one can “feel”, “know”, and “sense” that power of the words and or experience. Compelling is, in my understanding of the living definition of what happens, simply a way of saying that the experience was powerful, positive, and came with a force that moved my heart, soul, and mind. The opposite occurs as well. Lies are suspicious, twisted truth confusing, and idle chatter boring. If I was to summarize, I would say that something is compelling when it is delivered with the right motives and intent.
The second aspect of compelling is more subtle. Is it “truth”? When everything is stripped back what is the heart of the words, concept, and experience. Does the subject sit on a higher plane of positive authenticity than I am on now? If so then at its heart it is more truthful. The more truthful the more compelling it is.
When Jesus laid out who and what he was, with compassion and clear words, “when he put it in these terms, many people decided to believe.” (John 8.30) It was compelling.
Today we have windows in which to be compelling. I know my desire, with Divinity’s strength others will be energized and changed.
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