Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Beautiful Nothings

How many people vote based on well oiled presentation of pretty sayings? How is it that "notable quotes", which we also like to show from time to time can be accepted when they basically mean nothing? I guess it is the universal quest to feel good.

They can be uttered by people who have other quite substantive quotes. Here is an example. Civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King said:

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

This is a certain measure of acheivable social growth and change.

But he also said this:

"Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough, and morality enough, to cut off the chain of hate."

What exactly does that mean? Sounds good, I suppose. It seems to draw on an assumption, unquantified, that all or most peopel hate or have some chain of hate. Absolute sophistry is how I read it. How about you?

I suggest that people look at more than a feeling evoked before adopting a quote for their tagline.

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