And I Believe That's What The Norm Should Be

To the extent of being blunt sometimes!

There's that wonderful part in Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" (the original, not the adapted children's version; the unabridged version is actually a satirical view of the state of European government, and of petty differences between religions, and an inquiry into whether men are inherently corrupt or whether they become corrupted [I quote wikipedia]), in Part IV, chapter 4:

"For [Gulliver's Houyhnhnm master] argued thus; The use of speech was to make us understand one another, and to receive information of facts; now if any one said the thing which was not, these ends were defeated; because I cannot properly be said to understand him, and I am so far from receiving information, that he leaves me worse than in ignorance, for I am led to believe a thing black when it is white, and short when it is long. And these were all the notions he had concerning that faculty of lying, so perfectly well understood, and so universally practised among human creatures." 

I guess that says it all...
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May 22, 2012