Random ramblings of a mind damaged by years of disuse and abuse. Also a place to go to be bored to tears.
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Words to live by...
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."
(The right to looseness has been officially given)
"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."
Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I've unfriended a few in my day...
I have a bad temper. I have been this way as far back as I can recall. But I rarely hold a grudge for more than a few days. And I tend to dislike people rather than hate them.
Dislike is an odd word. Like disgruntle or dismiss. It seems to be akin to "unfriend" but that would be a misunderstanding. Dislike simply mean "not like". It seems (with the "dis") to mean no longer liking or stop liking. You do not actually have to like someone in order to dislike them. Heck, you don't even have to know the person to dislike them. In fact, it might be easier to dislike them if you don't know them.
Will Rogers is quoted as having said "I never met a man I didn't like." (We presume that "man" meant "person" here) Actually, that line was part of an epigram: When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, is going to read: "I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I didn't like." I am so proud of that, I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved.
The concept he expressed was that there is something to like about everyone, even those you might initially think disagreeable; that once you know someone, it is difficult, maybe impossible, to dislike him.
I disagree. I think we meet people we dislike all the time. When we realize we dislike them, we avoid them from then on... if possible. I have worked for, or around, some people I disliked pretty intensely. Not much you can do about who you associate with at work, is there?
Hate is a much stronger emotion than dislike, though. And I can't recall hating anyone for more than a few moments or hours. It's just too intense an emotion. It drains me. What about you? Hate anyone?