All posts filed under: Irony

Aphorisms 101

The need for aphorisms, the desire for the well-written and pithy quote, is one of the truly ironic things about modern society. It speaks – not ‘to’, but ‘for’ – our willingness to allow someone else to do our thinking for us. It’s an intellectual/philosophical laziness, enabled by a 24/7 culture, where anything we might want can be had on the instant. “I don’t have the time or the energy to figure out what I believe, or how I feel. What does this expert think? What does that celebrity say? Oh, look. Here’s a comforting/funny/profound saying on a blog/in a book/on a greeting card. There – my critical thinking’s been done for me. Let’s eat.” We can’t even be bothered to personalize the sentiment – the words of the anonymous author will have to do – for to put it into our own words would require us to think about it for longer than it took to read it. A true philosophy, even one so small as to be suitable to a congregation of just …

Rest in Peace, Eric Garner; et al – (Take 3)

I have tried to post for a while now, about how I feel about the recent string of protests around the country, concerning the lack of justice for those innocents who have been killed by the police. I’ve tried to put my feelings into words that might resonate with the population as a whole, rather than those specifically affected by the injustice; for if change is to come, it must come from those who have not been dealt with so harshly, by those charged with serving and protecting. But I must confess that I’m having a very hard time keeping an even tone. Because I’m outraged, at a part of society that feels that our constitutionally guaranteed rights are more like suggestions, rather than tenets set into stone – that those rights don’t apply, if it’s easier to just ignore them.

Here’s one for you…

“When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.” James Baldwin Irony abounds… my keyboard is positively dripping with it. And adding insult to injury, here’s a list of Baldwin quotes on Buzz Feed. Apparently, those fine Buzzards are (perhaps) not as up to speed on the whole 
sardonic scene as you might wish. They put the above quote quite far
down in the list – number 24 of 25, to be exact. Me? I woulda put that sucker right up at the top… Or is it the quote that’s being secretly ironic, and I’m the one who’s missed the boat? Maybe even Baldwin, himself, was pulling a fast one on us. Oh, man, now I’m all confused…