10 May 2022

Some brief observations

Knowing only one language is like having only one eye.  You can still see everything, but you miss out on the depth.

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Some people, it is said, see retirement as the end of a meaningful life.  I see it as the end of a meaningless life.  No more spending eight hours a day doing things so inane and irritating that they literally need to pay me to do them.  Retirement is the time to bloom.  Most jobs wilt you.

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Gangster "leaders" always underestimate the strength and resolve of democracies.  The Kaiser did, Hitler did, Tojo did, Saddam Hussein did, and now Putin is doing it.  They never seem to learn.

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Toddlers (of whatever chronological age) go on the internet to show how performatively cynical they can be.  Adults grapple with the detail and complexity of difficult problems in the real world.

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There is money to be made by telling people what they want to hear, and what stupid people want to hear is that smart people actually aren't so smart after all.  That's why, for example, the junk media so often report new scientific discoveries as showing that "scientists were wrong about such-and-such", even though usually the new discovery fits into existing theories quite well.

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If somebody uses words like "sheeple" or "herd" to refer to those who disagree with him, he's probably in some kind of cult.

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People who claim to not care about good manners have probably never had to deal with somebody who's really rude.  That gets tiresome fast.

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Saying "it's a republic, not a democracy" is like saying "it's a beagle, not a dog".  A republic is a type of democracy, and the only type workable for a really large population.  Every democracy in the world today is a republic (well, some are technically constitutional monarchies, but they function as republics, with elected representatives holding power).  People who use this slogan aren't basing it on some clear distinction between the two -- they're just rationalizing a claim that they should get their way even if they don't win majority support.

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Angry people are usually easy to manipulate.  That's why would-be manipulators try to keep their audience in a state of constant outrage.

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Better my own road to Hell than someone else's road to Heaven.


Blogger SickoRicko said...

I like these.

10 May, 2022 06:04  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

what Rick said.

10 May, 2022 08:51  
Blogger Green Eagle said...

A comment, if I may, on the endless "It's a Republic, not a Democracy" nonsense. The true purpose of this "argument" has always derived solely from the fact that that the word "republic" sounds like "Republican," and the word "democracy" sounds like "Democrat." It is designed to trigger in the unthinking (i.e. the Republican base) that the Democrats are not a legitimate political party, which the Republicans try to do constantly.

10 May, 2022 09:42  
Blogger Jimmy T said...

That ball not only went over the fence, but it's orbit bound...

10 May, 2022 09:47  
Blogger VoenixRising said...

I'm stealing—er—reposting all of these on my own blog. (With attribution, of course.)

10 May, 2022 09:59  
Blogger Mike said...

A republic is a type of democracy will always be countered with it's a republic not a democracy. They have been indoctrinated to the max.

11 May, 2022 09:08  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

These are all wonderful, especially the one about retirement. After retirement I did a number of interesting, fulfilling, and enjoyable things -- the latest? Volunteering at a goat farm, milking new mothers and caring for their newborn kids.

I never dreamed I'd be doing this at this time of my life. I love it.

11 May, 2022 09:46  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ricko / Granny: Cool!

Green: That makes a lot of sense. It may even subliminally discredit the concept of "democracy" itself, and "republic" is obviously a far more malleable concept to them, one that can mean whatever they want it to mean.

Jimmy: Heh.....

Voenix: Please go ahead.

Mike: Well, some may indeed continue to spout that even after the fallacy is explained to them, but in such cases the dumbth is probably too deep for anything to penetrate.

Shaw: I hope very soon to be able to say the same. A goat farm wouldn't be my own choice, but that's the point -- each person does what's meaningful to him or herself.

12 May, 2022 01:07  
Blogger Lady M said...

I hope you get to retire soon.

12 May, 2022 17:51  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Lady M: Watch for an announcement here at some point.

13 May, 2022 09:56  

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