Saturday, 7 November 2009

Utterly meaningless axioms

If, like me, you read a lot, you'll have come across some of the more feeble-minded warblings of those prone to the extolment of both those latter-day diseases of relativism and equivocation - the desire, or in some a need, to try and reduce everything and everyone to the insane equivalence of the fallacy that "we're all the same, really...".

These people tend to rely a good deal of what they perceive to be 'universal truths' and received wisdoms, when ever engaged in exchanges with others - when if they actually had the smarts and took the time to analyse what they were saying, instead of trotting out cant in their usual trite fashion, then they'd perhaps see just how ridiculous some of their stock refuge lines are.

Here's an example of what I mean:

"Never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes..."

An utterly crass and banal statement - and one we'd all do well to ignore, wholesale.


Because, and working on the very simple logic that, I've never been either a paedophile or an eater of road-kill... and I judge, without fear, anyone who might do either to be in need of serious professional help... and I don't ever need to have walked a inch, let alone a mile, in their shoes to come to that conclusion.

Another fatuous therapy-speak axiom is:

"Impossible is an option - not a fact!"

Another example of unbridled bollocks.

Ever tried putting out a fire with gasoline? The fact is, it's impossible.

You see just how dangerous it can be to rely on clichés which don't bear scrutiny?

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