of presenting a proper case for ‘nutter proofing’ kids (think of it as inoculation against indoctrination) but in the end gave it away. The need is just too severe.
Anyone trying to kick-start a Realistic cause would soon find him/herself in the position of that dude in mythology condemned to roll a bloody great boulder to the top of the hill.
SO THE BEAT GOES ON
Endless rationalisation locked in endless dispute with people who KNOW the Truth*. Not good. I described it as ‘mental masturbation’, it gives a warm fuzzy briefly but actually achieves nothing.
THERE ARE BASIC LAWS
of the universe, of thinking. At the risk of sounding a bit ponderous I’ll offer some of them here:
EVERYTHING MUST EITHER BE—OR NOT BE
In simplest form it means that it (whatever ‘it’ is) either exists or it doesn’t; … test it: in physical form is it possible to be only partially real?
NOTHING CAN BOTH BE AND NOT BE
Can you be both dead and alive at the same time?**
as in “all swans are white”. (And so they were, until someone went down to Australia and came back with a black one …)***. Think about it, a single exception is enough to destroy any allness statement.
THE LAW OF CONTRADICTION
And this, below, is possibly the most significant of them all—
—and if you teach your questing curious bright-eyed bushy-tailed youngsters nothing more than this, ever, you’ll still have given them the most powerful of tools with which to sort Fact from Fantasy.
IN QUALITY ASSURANCE
there was a maxim:
always ask WHY? at least five times
and it too is a powerful tool. Why? (CLUE: Root Cause …)
having these extremely powerful (yet simple) tools is of no use whatsoever if the freedom to apply them doesn’t exist. For example, in a land of religious nutcases (it means insane) it is a better rule for social (sometimes physical) survival to talk softly.
To close, with a quote from the dawning of aviation—
THERE ARE OLD PILOTS, AND
THERE ARE BOLD PILOTS, BUT
THERE ARE NO OLD BOLD PILOTS
—make of it what we will.
It says in the Good Book (words to the effect of)
“Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s …”
—and if this means sometimes keeping silent when the indignation meter smacks against the stops: so be it. Do so with a clear conscience—
HEE HOO KNOWS WHEN TO GET AWAY
SURVIVES TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY
Now, have one of these on me—
—and use it often.
* A bit unfair, but God told them. Can’t argue with God, can we? He’s always right. Even when He’s wrong He’s right, which makes for a few blown fuses unless you accept it.
** The first person to come up with that stupid cat gets scragged …
*** It got even better: when the experts were presented with a deceased platypus they took it apart convinced that the whole honking thing was a ‘stitch up’. All they proved was that sometimes the best entrenched notions stink …
“Ohhh, Mr Argus! You can be so croooool sometimes!”