by Emmett R Smith
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER RUCKUS
The following link, supplied actually by the Baron, Himself (evidently as a teaching exercise!):
produced this response from an individual known to me personally, and who is no fool:
“I would be cautious about this reporter and his sources, especially since he is trying to sell his book ‘Scared to Death.’ See this counter-argument:
“There seems to be ‘proof’ on both sides and obviously multiple factors, some still unidentified, are causing our glaciers to melt and other weather related incidents.
“Unfortunately truth is like mercury, the shit just spills all over, [it is] hard to clean up and when you have it under control you find you’ve been posioned and [are now] crazy as a mad hatter!”
THE ACTUAL HUMAN SITUATION
Now as I have said, this commentor is no fool and still less is the person one of these halfbaked two-value “thinkers” running around loose and clouding subtle and complex issues with arbitrary immature yelps of either/or:
“Men OR women!” “Good OR Evil!” “The Bible OR science!”
Not only are such unimaginative cases terribly uncultured, they also go far to more than verify (the real) Baron Bodissey’s First Absolute:
‘Ad hominem argument in fact is the only true argument.’
OUR COMMON PROBLEM WITH PERSONALITY & “THE” TRUTH
This is for the very good reason that the character of somebody always affects whether we will accept their statements.
This is supported by the fact that, when we don’t know somebody and they are speaking or writing of a familiar topic in an apparently reasonable way, as a rule we take the words at their own value (not always a good idea!) — unless, as Mr Andersen points out, we know, or discover, the individual “is a complete and unmitigated sonofabitch!”
Therefore, we now arrive at Chief Constable (retd) Bodwyn Wook’s Corollary (not only applicable in policing!):
“The present fact of sonofabitchhood in human social and political affairs decides all”.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 17 November 2008]