suspension of disbelief...or, you are what you eat

every cloud has a silver-lining

good always triumphs over evil

church billboards and convenience store signs bearing religious wisdom

the claim that there's a "war on christmas" and those fucking awful christmas mix-tapes played on loop endlessly in every single retail store for five-weeks preceeding the close of another year

hard work always pays off in the long run

that calendar of contemplations for soulless drones that your co-worker gave to you after you let it slip that you were depressed

that goddam lavendar and eucalyptus candle the box says to burn for relaxation while you soak in a hot bath wishing to drop several muscle relaxers in preparation to drown

tell the truth and you won't get into any trouble

your parents always have your best interests in mind

this hurts me more than it hurts you

hold no expectations and you'll never be disappointed

that bullshit line your ex used to try to feed you that said you made him do all those terrible things to you...




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Thu 8th Dec 2016 21:28

Well, MC, I can't rightly argue with the church in dockland's Poplar. Though, I notice it's somewhat similar to this quote I just found from Carl Sagan while trying to locate the originator--

'In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.'

Please don't mistake me for trying to be cute about religion. I realize that faith is very important to those who are believers. But I've heard some pretty egregious arguments defending some pretty far out stuff. Most are utterly forgettable and have absolutely no chance of getting inside a reasonably sound mind. Though I can't recall any in particular, I did just see this--

"God does not believe in atheists, therefore atheists do not exist."

--not in the least clever, as I'm pretty sure you'd agree.

As far as "honesty is always the best policy"--that one should definitely be on the list. I'm most certain there's at least as much virtue in asking 'who's asking the question' as speaking up with the truth without a thought for consequence.

Thank you kindly for your thought-provoking comment, MC..much appreciated.


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M.C. Newberry

Thu 8th Dec 2016 17:49

A church sign from docklands' Poplar in the 1960s that has
stayed with me for its essential truth:
Those who never change their minds never correct their
But here's one to stimulate argument:
Honesty is the best policy.
(Is that always the case in this life, I ask? I suspect not).


Wed 7th Dec 2016 21:36

Thanks, Suki and Stu. I believe that I'll leave the list open for future amendments--this is only what I could come up with while making dinner last night. Time will reveal further worthy additions, no doubt.


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Stu Buck

Wed 7th Dec 2016 12:40

lovely stuff elP and that last line, along with the bath line, kicks me in the gut. great stuff.

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suki spangles

Wed 7th Dec 2016 05:01

A timely intervention to take on all the b.s. Perfectly realised. Not to mention Black Friday..

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