David Marks Staff asked 4 years ago

What is the equivocated word

What is the equivocated word or phrase in this sentence: No man will take counsel, but every man will take money. Therefore, money is better than counsel?

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David Marks Staff answered 4 years ago

The word ‘take’ is used here in two different senses. ‘Taking counsel’ involves the act of soliciting advice and guidance about a particular subject from a knowledgeable person whereas ‘taking money’ means accepting a gift of cash. Since the ambiguity in the word ‘take’ is exploited in this statement, it is a fallacy of equivocation.
The meaning of what one will or will not ‘take’ will be different in the context of money than in the context of counsel. There are two different values behind each act and cannot be measured on the same scale. Intuitively too, one can think about it and ask, is it not possible that a person may take counsel that advises to not take money? Or isn’t it also possible that a person may take counsel and also take money? The value of taking counsel from a knowledgeable person is slightly more specific than the act of taking money – which could be given by any person. Getting money from any person might be beneficial for a person generally, but might also bring harm or other unintended consequences. For instance, in the case of accepting money for carrying out a murder. So, some amount of counsel is always desired and prudent and therefore, it cannot be “better” than money, period.