Slippery Slope

Slippery Slope


A minor action turns into something large scale

When a relatively insignificant first event is suggested to lead to a more significant event, which in turn leads to a more significant event, and so on, until some ultimate, significant event is reached, where the connection of each event is not only unwarranted but with each step it becomes more and more improbable.  Many events are usually present in this fallacy, but only two are actually required — usually connected by “the next thing you know…”

We cannot unlock our child from the closet because if we do, she will want to roam the house.  If we let her roam the house, she will want to roam the neighborhood. If she roams the neighborhood, she will get picked up by a stranger in a van, who will sell her in a sex slavery ring in some other country.  Therefore, we should keep her locked up in the closet.

If we give in every time our baby cries, he will always throw a fit to get what he wants, and he will end up in prison because we never set limits.

Posted by bagleyg

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