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Because it cannot be said enough...

...especially in modern-day America, currently in the grip of a wave of anti-intellectualism and a backlash against reason and logic that's quite remarkable, and depressing, to behold:

I wish to propose for the reader's favorable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true. I must, of course, admit that if such an opinion became common it would completely transform our social life and our political system: since both are at present faultless, this must weigh against it.

-- Bertrand Russell, On the Value of Skepticism, 1935.

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valarmorghulis
Dec. 15th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
I've been spending the last week at my boring temp job reading through the archives of sextips. Needless to say, I've run into hundreds upon hundreds of your comments. My only question is, how on earth have you had the patience to repeat your advice time after time to the same questions on communication and security? I assume you're doing it to benefit humanity and improve general relationship quality as much as is in your power, which is (of course) quite commendable - doesn't it get incredibly frustrating, though?

The people in my life are wonderful, but those who haven't figured out the communication trick (as in, DO IT NO MATTER WHAT) also never benefit from anyone else's logical advice to do so. My attitude has been, "If they want to believe me, they can, but if they don't, then they'll just have to learn some other way."

Just wondering if you have some infinite supply of patience and altruism to keep at it. :) Happy Friday!
virtualmel
Dec. 16th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
I'm betting he has something like I have at work.
A word-doc list of "standard answers". LOL
james_the_evil1
Dec. 16th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Gakking this for my lj and my quotes page
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