November 23, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom

The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.
Mark Twain

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:03 PM

    the lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on

    Coined by James Watt, and used by Mark Twain and Winston Churchill.

    j

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  2. Not the same meaning though, Justin.

    And the quote for WW is altogether more elegant as well, I think.

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  3. geofffff8:20 AM

    There are millions of people who quite simply prefer the lies. In fact there are millions of people who prefer the lies so much that in big dollops of the world it is suicidal to even hint at the truth or even to be suspected of not being a passionate believer in the official lies. It can be dangerous everywhere.

    Humans are strange animals indeed. We have the enormous power of reason but then we form communities of people who agree with us (often born into it) and as often as not use the power of this to expressly and violently shut down reason.

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  4. In every society, every culture, every country, Geoff. We sophisticates in first world countries like to think we're different ... meaning better, or more intelligent ... but we're not, of course.

    Had to have a chuckle at two articles yesterday (in the same paper, I think), one proclaiming findings of a peer reviewed paper: NO link between carbon emissions and extreme weather events (or something like that), and it's entirely out of human hands; the other an OECD report declaring that the end will be nigh even sooner and more disastrously (can the end possibly be bigger or worse than the end?) if humans don't tax carbon emissions pronto.

    We seem to be clinging to freedom of speech, but have abandoned reason entirely.

    The remaining value of freedom of speech, alas, plummeted to negative figures as soon as Kyle Sandilands decided he needed it as a life raft.

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