Metaphysics (that is, the philosophy of fundamental assumptions) seems to be a matter of dichotomies: of Either/ Or.
But Modern Man is impatient of metaphysics, and especially of metaphysical argument.
the idea here is to clarify the Either/ Or by stating the metaphysical
dichotomy very briefly, illustrating it with a personal example from my
life - and then leaving the choice to the reader.
In particular I wish to expose the fact that metaphysics is non-optional. We have always made
metaphysical assumptions - and these underpin the way we use evidence
and indeed what we recognise as facts; but these metaphysical
assumptions are usually unexamined and often denied.
This is just plain wrong.
a person's metaphysical assumptions are bad, as is the case for almost
everybody in The West, then that person's life will be bad - and what is
more, they will be utterly trapped in that badness.
Hence, metaphysics is perhaps the single most important topic in the modern world.