I told Paul that it was a big ask to find someone, who can write, that he didn’t know! I kept putting it off for one reason or another: like what does it mean to be one who can write? Well, it’s taken me 3 years to come up with some kind of call on that question.
I have to start with an understanding of Paul’s understanding of what makes a person who can write. Then I have to be able to express my understanding of that understanding in the most favourable of terms. I think that’s what the principle of charity entails. In other words, I have to be able to express Paul’s position on writing in a way that expresses what he meant by his own words. Thanks to the wonders of the internet (which I know Paul would agree is a time machine), I can do exactly that with this:
Academically speaking, it is only upon then that I can claim to be in a position to offer a counterargument to Paul’s understanding.
Notably, however, I am not being asked by Paul to provide a counterargument. I am very clearly being asked to give away one of Paul’s creations on his behalf. That particular creation is a seal of Paul’s approval; a seal that I am unable to take lightly.
Having determined what it means to Paul to be someone who can write, I now need to determine what it might have meant to Paul to be someone who(m) Paul doesn’t know. I here refer back to Paul’s time machine for my information, since I believe strongly in the notion of consistency.
It is upon thinking through a bunch of stuff (and choosing to make the above selections) that I feel justified by my decisions.
In conclusion though, I wish to note that not all of my decisions have been justified by me. There were even times when I was trying to make that much obvious; but I did have my reasons: