This is Jake Moreno, a 22-year-old college student at Salt Lake Community College in Utah. He was having a problem at school, and went to one of his professors for help. But it wasn't a problem with a class.
Moreno had been taking a class with Philosophy of Religion professor Shannon Atkinson, who taught Moreno about people like Aristotle. And since Moreno is so knowledgeable, Moreno went to him for help. His problem? He wasn't sure how to best text a girl for a date.
Moreno went to his professor with a rough draft of something that looks like this. Called Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle, it's purpose is to organize persuasive arguments based on ethos, logos, and pathos. Or, to put it another way, ethics (or credibility), logic, and emotion.
Moreno brought Atkinson his basic arguments for why he thinks Hannah should go on a date with him. After they fleshed it out more, it includes a logical argument (a fun break from stress), credible argument (keeping things low-pressure), and an emotional argument (it will be fun). However, Atkinson encouraged him to develop the "pathos" section a little bit more, according to an interview with Buzzfeed.
Finally, Moreno was ready to make his case, and sent this text to Hannah. He made sure to mention that he doesn't want to come on strong, and that a date would be a way to relieve some stress. And for the extra pathos, he also mentioned that he'd like to meet her dog.
Eventually, Hannah did respond...with a solid yes! It looks like the philosophical approach really does work. (Either that or she just happened to like him too, and she would have said yes no matter what.)
Moreno was so excited that using the Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle actually worked that he posted about it on Twitter. And, as it turned out, the public was just as enthused as he was. The tweet got over 390,000 likes and over 97,000 retweets.
After Moreno posted about getting teacher assistance and using the Rhetorical Triangle, people on Twitter took note. Many people thought that Moreno just might be onto something. Who knew Aristotle would be so helpful with dating?
This woman pointed out that Moreno has now given her higher standards. No more poorly-thought-out texts that were spewed out without any actual thought. Now, to get a date, you really need to state your case.
Most guys probably wouldn't want to admit that they needed help in order to craft a text asking a girl out, because that might make them seem less cool. And then you'd think it's even more uncool to get that dating assistance from a teacher. But since it worked for Moreno, maybe we should all consult with a teacher before asking someone out on a date.
One Twitter user was impressed with something else regarding Moreno's approach. Not only did Moreno use sound logic, he also drew a nearly perfect triangle. Perhaps his "pathos" section should have also included "It's fun to go out with people who can draw straight lines."
A couple days later, Moreno finally posted this update recapping his date with Hannah. And for all the "pics or it didn't happen" people, he even included some photos. They painted the sunset together and he got to hang out with her dog, so it appears the date was a definite success.