The message I was aiming for was something like "If you have the mental focus and self-discipline to be successful in the dominant society, but you don't like it, here's how you can change your value system to reduce your need for money and status, and gain some benefits of industrial civilization without being in a position of forced obedience.
By Scott BerkunAugust 9, Everyone lies: White lies are the spackle of civilization, tucked into the dirty corners and crevices our necessary, but pretentiously inflexible idealisms create. Small lies prop up and support our powerful truths, holding together the insanely half honest, half false chaos that spins the world.
But lies, serious lies, should not be encouraged as they destroy trustthe binding force in all relationships. One particularly troublesome kind of lie is known as Bullshit BS. These are unnecessary deceptions, committed in the gray area between polite white lies and complete malicious fabrications.
BS is usually defined as inventions made in ignorance of the facts, where the primary goal is to protect oneself. Despite my distaste for trips into religious texts, this one has supreme tragicomic value. He wanders off to do some unexplained godlike things, as gods are prone to do, leaving the very tempting, and non pit-bull or electrified fence protected, tree out for all to see.
Meanwhile Satan slinks by and convinces Eve apples are good: God instantly returns, scolds Adam, who blames Eve; resulting in everyone, snakes, people and all, getting thrown out of Eden forever. Please note that in this tale nearly everyone lied. People lie for three reasons; the first is to protect themselves.
They may wish to protect something they want or need, a concept they cherish, or to prevent something they fear, like confrontation. There is often a clear psychological need motivating every lie. Fires, plagues, revolutions, curses, illnesses and absurd reinventions of the laws of physics and space-time have all been summoned by children around the world on the fateful mornings when they find themselves at school, sans-homework.
Which leads to the second reason people lie: Did you lie to your parents about girls, boys, fireworks, drugs, grades, or where you were till 2am on a school night? I sure did and still do.
Even my ever faithful dog Butch used to lie, in his way, by liberating trash from a house-worth of garbage cans, then hiding in his bed, hoping his lack of proximity to the Jackson Pollock of refuse that was formerly my kitchen would be indistinguishable from innocence.
Which gives us the third reason people lie, a truth saints and sinners have known for ages: The secret truth is everyone has moments of weakness: And for that reason the deepest honesty is found in people willing to admit to their lies, or their barely resisted temptations, and own the consequences.
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Not the pretense of the saints, who pretend, incomprehensibly, inhumanly, to never even have those urges at all. BS detection The first rule of BS is to expect it. Fire detectors are designed to expect a fire at any moment: If you want to detect BS you have to swallow some cynicism, and add some internal doubt to everything you hear.
Socratesthe father of western wisdom, based his philosophy around the recognition, and expectation, of ignorance. The first detection tool is a question: How do you know what you know? Throw this phrase down when someone force feeds you an idea, an argument, a reference to a study or over-confidently suggests a course of action.
It instantly diminishes the force of a BS driven opinion. It works well in response to the following examples: How do you know this? What ground is that? Who ran them and why? Did you actually read the study or a two sentence press clipping poorly explaining the results?
Are there any studies that claim the opposite? Even credible thinkers need time to sort through their logic, separating assumptions from facts: The second tool is also a question: What is the counter argument? Anyone who has seriously considered something will have seen enough facts to fit their current argument as well as alternative position:Disclaimer: These essays do not necessarily represent the beliefs of any or all of the staff of the Ontario Consultants on Religious monstermanfilm.com fact, since we are a multi-faith group, it is quite likely that the beliefs expressed in these essays will differ from at least some of our staff's opinions.
A short plagiarism definition. According to the definition given in the New Webster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language, plagiarism is “the unauthorized use of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own” ()..
Plagiarism can easily result in a student failing their assignment, being expelled from their school or college.
INTRODUCTION monstermanfilm.com IS PLAGIARISM? 3. AVOIDING PLAGIARISM. 4. EXAMPLES. 1. INTRODUCTION. Plagiarism is a serious academic offence.
WTS Writing Guides. Writing Resumes & Cover Letters. Make a strong impression when applying to jobs or graduate school with a well-designed resume and cover letter. The voice of a renowned professor of philosophy in Poland, who is also a Roman Catholic priest, is introduced to the United States in this collection of his provocative essays on the interplay of science and religion.
This lesson shows you different ways you can improve the cohesion of your writing and avoiding repetition – killing two birds with one stone.