Yes indeed, here we are! Axiometry! Looking at commonly used sayings, axioms, and bits of conventional wisdom to see if there really is any wisdom in them . . . or if they’re just full of wis.
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Okay, that one was a bit of a stretch, I know.
Today’s subject is a relatively new one, or one that we hear incessantly, especially in the incessantly obnoxious world of politics. I am, of course, talking about the expression–the very idea–of being on the right side of history.
Okay, I kind of tipped my hand there, but let’s be fair: As always, I’ll be subjecting this cultural shibboleth to the same low-budget quasi-legalistic analysis that I test all of my axioms with. Hence the completely made-up neologism Axiometry,
(Technically it’s a portmanteau, I guess, but who cares).
Here we go! Continue reading “Axiometry, Part IV: “The Right Side of History.””
If you bet against people doing the right thing, you’ll never be wrong. Right?
When trying to predict how people will behave, think of the best thing they could do, and then assume the opposite will happen.
That’s just human nature. Right?
Continue reading “Negative Predictions”
Nobody likes being told what to do. But we can shrug most of it off.
“I like your hair better short.”
“Maybe not the red tie?”
“You should do your lawn like this.”
“Your breath stinks, man! Chew some gum or something!”
No big deal.
But when it comes to questions of morality or right or wrong? Things that we maybe should be willing to listen to outside input about?
“You know, maybe sleeping with fifteen girls a week, sans protection, isn’t the best idea.”
“Fraud is wrong. Knock it off or I’m turning you in.”
“Crack is wack, yo.”
We go nuclear!
The mere mention of anything touching these dimensions can make even the most self-proclaimed, brave, “I-never-get-offended” free-speech proponent go bonkers and try to shut you up.
Why? Continue reading “Confusion is the Enemy”