Quippy Strikes Again

Posted on 2015 July 9


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Misplaced honesty

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ― Mark Twain

Fire hurts, so we keep our hands away; the truth hurts, so we keep our minds away.

When you catch someone in a lie, they don’t reform — they trim their tells.

The purpose of journalism is to uncover truth, not shape it.

Everyone who speaks in a public forum is trying to convince you of something; whether that something is true is irrelevant.

Misplaced politics

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. — Groucho Marx

The more damage a government does, the bigger it gets, like an addiction.

It’s one thing to repeal a law that punishes a group; it’s quite another to pass legislation that forces people to accept that group.

You can’t make people respect you, no matter how many laws you pass.

Like the Right, the Left is squeamish about sex, but the Left thinks it’s gotten beyond all that, so it decides that its own discomfort is a political virtue, and proceeds to condemn erotica as “rape culture” and flirting as “harassment”.

The West, having invaded Russia twice in the past century, pushes once more against its buffer zone of countries, rolling up the old Warsaw Pact states into NATO, even subverting Russia’s breadbasket, Ukraine; then the West gets all offended when Russia pushes back.

Chemical pollution can heat up the planet, yet many despise the very idea as a left-wing political conspiracy; GMO food can reduce environmental damage, yet many condemn it as a right-wing corporate conspiracy; neither side bothers with the actual science.

Democrats believe “It takes a village”, as if 300 million people add up to a small town.

Republicans insist they’re inclusive, but they keep kicking immigrants in the teeth; Democrats cry, “Give me your tired, your poor,” but they really hope the GOP will continue to mistreat newcomers and drive them to vote Democratic.

Someone will say he hates capitalism when he really just hates his boss.

Misplaced religion

Cruel men believe in a cruel God, and use their belief to excuse their cruelty. Only kindly men believe in a kindly God, and they would be kindly in any case. — Bertrand Russell

We’re tribal by nature, but the old tribes are scattered, so we search for membership in a cause — Justice, Jesus, the Jets.

Progressives are uneasy about Islam because it, too, is a philosophy of world conquest.

Christianity, Islam, Communism, Socialism, Progressivism: they started out as localized tribal growths but most of them quickly metastasized and spread through the world like thought cancers.

The God of the Christians loves you, unless you fail to worship him properly, whereupon he condemns you to Hell for eternity; the God of Islam thinks everyone in the world should worship Him right now or be killed outright. There must be a non-psychopathic God somewhere.

Misplaced motives

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives – of approving of some and disapproving of others. — Charles Darwin

We sometimes feel our lives are meaningless; we resolve it by criticizing others.

We think it a virtue to “change the world”, but such change usually involves massive interventions of force against people we disagree with.

We teach our young what to think, not how to think, and later wonder why they have trouble navigating their own lives.

We become deeply offended at improper sex but merely shrug at violence.

We try to improve ourselves through diet, but the diet makes us yearn for forbidden treats, so we go off the diet and end up more obese than ever.

We complain that others ignore us for their mobile devices. And then our phone beeps.