Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Insidious

Just the other day, a fervent holder of a minority point of view asserted that if a group of people were silent with regard to something, it meant that they were doing an injury to whatever they were being silent about. Yes, I know, it twisted my head around a bit.

But this is really nothing new. It's part of postmodern reality interpretation, where what is not said, whether there is evidence or not, is actually 'negatively said'. So if you don't talk about fluffy purple swans, then you must have something against fluffy purple swans, fluffiness, purpleness, or swanniness.

The three main disciplines of the classical age were mathematics, history and art. It was asserted that one could know no truth, virtue or beauty without the ability to appreciate and to command these disciplines. Now however, because we are in the business of 'negative saying', to not say has the same weight as to say.

It is as if I, wandering down a street and thinking only of getting to my destination, am to be censured for not going to other places. Indeed, it is as if I am being taken to task for spreading calumny about these other places of which I have not even thought, for my not-saying is taken as tantamount to anti-saying.

Christe eleison.

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Blogger Albrecht Morningblade said...

A problem commonly faced these days, if you think about it. My people tend to complain about the handful of people who keep complaining about a small problem, while the majority remains silent (regardless of which side of the argument they are supportive of). So when something is done 'in response to the complaints', others complain because they were happy with the situation in the first place!
Bugger!

Thursday, July 19, 2012 1:20:00 pm  
Blogger Trebuchet said...

More people should jump up and down and yell, "I'm happy with the status quo!" except that nowadays, that would be 'conservative' and the poor word has become a bit of a pariah.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 4:08:00 pm  

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