A quote I read this afternoon while working.
“Dara O’Briain has a great bit about this…
‘…Everyone’s opinions are equally valid? My arse. A professor of dentistry for 30 years should not have to argue with some idiot who removes their teeth with string and a door.’”
In other words, something’s not a hoax just ’cause we don’t like it.
Gravity will drop an apple on our head if we’re sitting beneath an apple tree and it’s apple-falling time, whether we believe in (or even understand) gravity, or not.
Which reminds me, vaguely, of:
A man said to the universe:
“Sir, I exist!”
“However,” replied the universe,
“The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.” ~ Stephen Crane
Reality doesn’t bend to our wishful thinking, or our fears.
“S/he still hangs up that American flag, you can still be patriotic and call out the problems in this country.”
Just as with a healthy relationship,
“I would argue it’s patriotic to call out the problems in this country. How else do you acknowledge and attempt to fix the problems?
“If you don’t like it then leave,” some say.
Yeah, no. I would rather try to work towards a better country instead of burying my head up my arse and pretending everything is fine while my country burns down around me.”
“It’s the difference between patriotism and nationalism. True patriots can understand their country isn’t perfect and can improve. Nationalists think their country is perfect no matter what it does.
“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” ~ James Baldwin
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