Dialectical reasoning is described by Immanuel Kant as the illusion of there being only two sides to a problem when the correct answer is really neither. The perpetuated facade from all time is that there are two choices, neither of which are the greater good; however, we must know better than this. When confronted with a binary proposition, oftentimes we must possess great discipline and insight to respond, “Neither.”
Recollect the Cold War, in which one had to be either a capitalist or a communist, with “no alternatives”–if you’re not with us, you’re against us. When Christ uttered the words, “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth” (Luke 11:23), he was talking about the kingdom of heaven, Zion, and no other force or power. Ultimately, to completely identify ourselves with any earthly organization will lead to failure, since no earthly organization shares the same ends as the kingdom of God.
When contention arises, have the courage to deflect the blow by pointing out the common goal and higher ground two may occupy. This is the only real progress towards solving our problems–brotherly love and compassion for all the world.
The world we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.