I had a very large part in developing my intelligence. I’ve worked very hard for it. My looks I was born with. I had nothing to do with them. So then why does it feel so much more awesome when someone says I’m hot than when someone says I’m a genius?
My wife knows that she is not the more attractive to me than every other woman in the whole world. So why do I feel like I’m supposed to pretend she is? Do I think my ability to lie in this fashion will impress her?
How did all Chinese buffets in the United States come to settle on exactly the same menus including apple pie? Is there a book circulating in China called “How to start a Chinese restaurant in the U.S.”?
In a few more years of seeing cardboard signs, our kids will start thinking “Vet” is another word for “Homeless”.
“Insofar as there is no evidence of a thing, then the answer to ‘Does it exist?’ is exactly the same as the answer to ‘Is a sound is made by a tree which falls where no one can hear it?’ and that answer is ‘Who cares?'” ~ Warren Falk
If a thing is consequential, then, by definition, it has consequence. If a thing has consequence, then that consequence is evidence of its existence. Therefore, to the extent that there is no evidence of a thing, then it is inconsequential. If there is such a thing for which there can be no evidence, the thing’s existence can be of no consequence, and all further time spent pondering it is in vain.
“The greatest barrier to the advancement of mankind’s knowledge is men pretending to know things they do not know” ~ Warren Falk
Religious credulity and ignorance could be irradicated in a single generation if parents and teachers ceased pretending to be certain of things of which they are manifestly uncertain.
“When it comes to conversations, one is wise to pursue omniscience before practicing omnipresence.” – Warren Falk
In other words, before you go sticking your head in everyone’s business, it is a good idea to know what you are talking about.