Lux Absio Bervatum

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Phrases I dislike

  1. I'm boring.
  2. It's beyond our understanding.
  3. Because the bible says so.
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  1. NO, YOU'RE NOT. You might be disengaged, but you're not boring. Some people use this phrase as shorthand for "I don't do things that are worth talking about." We're sentient and sentience endows you with, among other things, the ability to assign value to activities (even if it's subjective). By saying you're boring in this way, you're assigning low value to your actions. Don't do that. If you think you have low value you should talk to people about it until you find someone who can help you fix that.
  2. We might not understand a thing right now, but it's not beyond our understanding. If a thing is describable, it's understandable. With enough time, effort, patience, etc. we can figure it out.
  3. If a human being has gotten their hands on something you can be sure it's not infallible. And even if you think the bible is the literal word of God, some dude had to write it down or translate it. "Because the bible says so" is a terrible reason for anything.