Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bullshit Quotes

There are a lot of common quotes that sound good, but when you scratch the surface don't hold up.You encounter them in many places. Likely many of them are/were "pearls of wisdom" from a teacher, boss, or caregiver.

"Truth is beauty, beauty is truth." John Keats wrote that. It is perhaps the most pleasant sounding lie that has ever been spoken. "The truth" is almost always an unpleasant. When presented with the truth people become angry, scared, and very likely to become violent. Think for a second what would happen if you were honest with anyone in your life. Your boss. Your significant other. Your "friends" you have here and there. You would find yourself fired, single, and like in the hospital.

A picture of "The Truth"

"... the truth will set you free." John 8:32 (NIV). Only half of the verse there, as most people only say that part, and do so not realizing where it comes from. The truth would only set you free in the case that you are wrongfully accused. If you were guilty, the truth will take your freedom. Depending on the situation, the truth can be the worst possible thing for a situation, as it will not lead to freedom, or anything good.

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible." Christopher Reeve. Having said that, he still never walked again. Never got back on a horse either. Seems that despite having hope on his side the laws of nature, physics and the universe as a whole still limited his possibilities. Not to run the guy down, he was a good guy, a decent actor, and had one hell of a bad ride one day. Still, hope means very little compared to the often harsh realities of what is, and that which cannot be changed.

There are many more, but there will be time for them later. Maybe you have a favorite quote you would like to be analyzed with a cynical eye. Please do share.

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