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A selection of words from my vast vocabulary, including the ubiquitous "the," the always versatile "and," and the more obscure "incontrovertible," arranged in frequently meaningful, sometimes profound, yet often pedestrian sentences and statements, designed with one goal in mind-- that being, to communicate; keeping in mind the oft-used bromide, "Never use two words when one will do the same job as two or more words would have done, unless you just want to take up space and sound important," which is, I must concede, too often a secret objective of mine indeed. And yet, now, the secret is out.




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Friday, February 16, 2007

"The most violent element in society is ignorance."

I just have to say something about the bumper sticker I occasionally see on cars that says “The most violent element in society is ignorance.” Apparently this is a quote by Emma Goldman. In my opinion, she's off her rocker, and she doesn't do a very good job of promoting her political agenda. It's stupid, and outrageous.

Let’s just take this statement apart a little, shall we?

Who are the ignorant people to which this statement refers? Well, judging from the vast number of other bumper stickers that usually accompany this one on the back of cars, the ignorant people are those people who disagree with the owner of the car. “If you don’t agree with me, you are ignorant.” [Usually, this means that conservatives are ignorant, because all of the other bumper stickers clearly communicate a liberal (”progressive”) bent.]

Next question: What do we do with violent people? Well, of course, we lock them up! Right? I mean, violent people need to be separated from society so that the general public can be safe, right? Of course we lock violent people up. At the very least, we lock them up until they are “reformed” (or so the idea goes).

So, what can we then conclude?: Ignorant people should be locked up! I mean, if ignorance equates with violence, what other conclusion could be made?

If ignorant people must be locked up (at least until they are thoroughly reformed to NOT be ignorant), then what this statement is really saying is this: “If you disagree with me, you are ignorant. And if you are thus ignorant, you should therefore be locked up. That is to say, If you disagree with me, you should be locked up.”

Think about that for a minute.

“If you disagree with me, you should be locked up.”


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 2/16/2007 08:22:00 PM |


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