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June 15, 2008 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

From a real authority…eh, Samwise Davies.

 

The definition of information has more to do with the receiver than the sender.

Murphy’s Law is the result of trying to make absolute rules in a relative world.  It may take a long time, but eventually the impossible will happen.

It’s hard to change.  Here you knew all the rules and ways to react, and suddenly they changed.  There  wasn’t even any warning.  It isn’t fair.  Life isn’t fair.

No value is intrinsic. 

If it’s too good to be true, figure it is.  If they want something, even your name, it’s a rip-off.

I wonder how God felt when He found out that Christians had decided he couldn’t use evolution.

A politician is someone who promises things too good to be true and wants something.

Recently the census showed that over half of Americans lived in the cities.  To put that another way, over half can’t survive outside the city, without the city and its services.

The most common mistake we as humans make is thinking that if it’s this way now, it must have been this way forever.  Well, at least for a really long time.  Like hundreds of years, even.  The problem there is that even hundreds of years isn’t actually a long time, for a lot of things.  I bet the trees around the Rogue Valley have never even noticed I’m here, much less the hills.

The minute the way you say something is more important than what you’ve got to say, you’ve got trouble.  That’s usually the way it is.

There are no teachers, there are only learners.  What is called a good teacher these days is someone who doesn’t step on anyone’s toes, first of all.  All their students pass, and they don’t have sex with the students; it’s probably best if they’re really ugly.  As far as learning anything that’s useful outside of places like schools except for jobs guaranteed to keep the worker poor, it seems like no one has figured that one out yet.

If you say any of this stuff is deliberate, you’re paranoid.  Being crazy is different in just one way from being a criminal.  If you’re crazy they don’t have to let you out.  I’ll have to admit I’m not sure how you know when you’re out.

The minute a name for something is more important than what it is, you’ve got real trouble, and that’s always the way it is.

When scientists start talking about proof, you know they’re true believers.

People who watch ads on television are a little odd.  The ones who enjoy them could be dangerous.  If someone around you starts believing them, it’s probably too late, but run!

The presence of a repetitive pattern may be verifiable.  Its interpretation–its meaning–isn’t.

If you can’t find a goal in life, make that your goal in life.

Numbers are hard to eat.

It’s generally easier to look good than to be good, so the hell with it; buy it.

Rich people need poor people around.  For one thing, how else would they know they’re rich?

This evidently will come as a surprise to most drivers, but traffic signals and stop signs are not suggestions.

Oddly enough, the stuff printed on boxes and books that come with the things you buy aren’t suggestions either.  That’s why the label says “Instructions”.

I was thinking about “democracy” the other day.  Boy, am I glad I live in one.  See, either it’s crooked, or else every four or eight years, someone with absolutely no experience gets to make all sorts of decisions that affect the whole world.  Why, he [so far it’s all “he”, ladies, which might be something to celebrate] could even start the next world war, on a whim.  How exciting!  Maybe it’s a good thing the electoral college actually does the voting that counts.

In order to convey “information”, language has its own patterns.  There is an ongoing “narcissus” problem.  Best of all, it’s not easy to be sure what you’re feeling is what the other guy is feeling.

Part of the reason society exists is to provide a platform for communication–identity.  History suggests humans will sell nearly anything for identity.

Authority has nothing to do with credibility.

Lust and love make uneasy bedmates.

Okay, so I’ve got the map, but what do I want to do?

If all my natural instincts are wrong, what am I supposed to want?  And this “Heaven” bit sounds more like hell to me, frankly; sort of like a church service that never ends.

Somehow it’s a little worse when it goes from “You have to keep up with the Joneses” to “You have to keep up with the <mumble>”, because no one can pronounce their name.  It’s like we not only can’t find the right track at the train station, we wouldn’t know what to do with it if we found the station.

One of the few guaranteed things in life is this; if something is obviously right, in fact inarguable–it’s wrong.

The first step to changing where you are…is finding out where you are.

All betrayal is of the self.  So when we accuse someone of betrayal, what we’re really saying is, “You should have told yourself [insert belief] and that would have made you a true believer.  Now you’re only a betrayer.”  And that means in turn that such an accusal is foolish.

–Glenn

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