Kit. wrote:J Thomas wrote:blowfishhootie wrote:dash wrote:I don't get it.
It doesn't make any difference at all if someone uses the word "literally" to your liking, so it's just not worth arguing over.
It's worse than that.
Randall is saying that it doesn't make any difference whether you spend your time arguing about the word "literally" or not. It isn't worth fighting over. It isn't worth stopping fighting over.
He's saying that if you give up this fight, it will make no difference in the world. The opportunity cost of your arguing over this irrelevant issue is zero. If you weren't doing this, you wouldn't be doing anything that made the slightest difference, anyway.
Actually (and also factually and literally), there is no picture with "if you don't give up".
So maybe the ghost is being prophetic.
This is the future if he gives up.
This is the only future there is. It is the future in which he gave up.
He will give up.
But how is it a cautionary vision? Maybe it's warning him not to promise he'll never give up, or bet large sums of money at bad odds that he'll never give up. Because he will.