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About "Finding the Balance"
Life is… complicated. There are so many situations and possible circumstances that it is hard to make a one sentence summary of how you would react in each situation.
Let’s say you decide to go have lunch with a friend and you told your mom that you would be back home by 1:30 pm. Simple right? You go hang out with your friend and come back at 1:30.
Well, let’s say that while you are having lunch, you realize your phone battery is dead, your friend chokes on his sandwich, you have to perform the Heimlich to save your friend, and at the end of the ordeal it is 1:50. Also, you can’t call your mom to say you will be home late because your phones dead.
Or let’s say you end up having a really good discussion with your friend, lose track of time, and realize that, at 2:00 pm, that you are not going to get home at 1:30.
Or lets say you have lunch with your friend, and while you are driving back home, somebody slams into the back of your car with his motorcycle. What would you do? Just making a blanket statement does not tell us what to do in these specific cases.
That is the main idea which this case is built off of: we can’t make a blanket statement on the resolution, and we certainly don’t want to lock ourselves into only valuing truth seeking. Therefore, we should balance truth seeking with individual privacy.
This kind of case is a little different than your typical negative. You will have the affirmative explain truth seeking should be valued over privacy. Then you usually see the negative argue that individual privacy should be valued over truth seeking. This case is a balanced negative. What it seeks to do is show that the affirmative is still wrong in that we need to find a balance between truth seeking and individual privacy and value both equally.
If you are confused, let me explain it like this. Imagine a number line from -5 to +5. Lets say that +5 is an affirmative case that says the resolution is true 100% of the time, no exceptions. -5 is a negative case which says that the resolution is wrong 100% of the time with no exceptions. Any case in between makes a statement on the resolution with varying points of view (IE: 4 = resolution is true with few exceptions, 3 = resolution is mostly true, 2 = resolution is generally true … etc.)
The one number to note on our number graph is 0. In order for it to be an affirmative case, it has to support the resolution, so it needs to be higher than 0. Thus, if a case is 0 on our number line, than that means it does not support the resolution, making it negative. It disproves the resolution by saying that both sides are true. It says that we need to find a balance between 5 and -5.
Running a balanced negative case has it’s pros and cons. The nice side is that you can accept any affirmative point saying that truth seeking is a good thing. All you have to do is say yes and point out that privacy is a good thing too. The one disadvantage is that all the affirmative has to do to win is show that truth seeking is a little more important, affirming the resolution.
The advantage to running a balanced negative with this resolution is that privacy is very important and truth seeking is necessary. Seldom will you find a judge complaining that one side is inconsiderable. Proving that we should use an equal balance between both can be very persuasive.
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