December 12th

These blog posts are thinning out to say the least, partly because I'm busy, and partly because I've already said a lot of things I wanted to. Which is better, repeating yourself endlessly, or staying silent once you've said your piece?

Quote of the Week

  • "This house has been far out at sea all night, |The woods crashing through darkness, the booming hills, |Winds stampeding the fields under the window |Floundering black astride and blinding wet |Till day rose; then under an orange sky |The hills had new places, and wind wielded |Blade-light, luminous black and emerald, |Flexing like the lens of a mad eye." - Ted Hughes, Wind

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Late Night Insomniac Rant

First of all I think Hean really managed to express my thoughts of proper conduct here:

http://hean.whatthetoot.com/toot/a-liberal-decalogue-bertrand-russell

And secondly, a guide to expression, formation and discarding of opinions.

1. When expressing your opinion, do so in the most polite manner, rather than the most agressive one. Examples include:

"I believe the way to salvation is by believing in our Holy Lord the Flying Spaghetti Monster",
Instead of:
"If you've ever done something wrong (which you have!) then you're going to spend a really really long time being drowned alive in a scorpion-filled vat of rotting animals while having a painful discharge from an embarrasing orifice".

2. If your opinion cannot be disproven, it doesn't necessarily mean it's absoulte truth. Examples include:
"I believe that a benevolent green lobster floats magically and stealthily above the heads of every third person but that these lobsters cannot be detected using any form of technology."

3. Always respect the opinions of others and consider whether they may actually be correct. This may save a future potential Galileo a lot of grief.

4. If you really cannot change someone's mind about something, and suspect there are other things to do like save your neighbour's cat from being eaten alive by a very confused and possibly psycopathic child, then it would be wiser to walk away from a disagreement and do something useful.

5. Don't stop someone from doing anything unless it's something that they'll regret, or makes life difficult for other people who are just trying to make ends meet. If someone of sound mind really wants to walk into the back of their cupboard to see if Narnia exists, then really that is up to them.