OK, I’m no Mahatma Ghandi, no Dalai Lama. Our Australian Immigration Minister wants to call “a spade a spade.” Boat arriving asylum seekers are to be called “illegal entries”. This outrageous injustice has definitely disturbed my inner peace.
Let’s have a vocabulary lesson, then. Let’s be forthright and speak the truth. Words are powerful. Let’s call spades, spades.
Let’s look at the word “fool” and its synonyms, firstly via famous quotes, and then in modern context examples.
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” Shakespeare – As You Like It
“A fool and his money are soon elected.” Will Rogers
“Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.” Henry David Thoreau
“Very often, say what you will, a knave is only a fool.” Voltaire
Fool (noun) “a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.”
The word “fool” can readily be substituted for its synonyms in the following illustrative examples.
Anyone who ignores evidence of factuality is a fool. For example anyone who, in the face of overwhelming evidence, thinks that:
– seeking asylum is illegal (regardless of arrival method)… is a stooge
– middle-class refugees are less susceptible to oppression and therefore less worthy of seeking asylum… is a moron
– there is some kind of orderly queue that may be joined for seeking asylum in Afghanistan, Iran or Syria… is a sap
– our sovereign borders are under threat by boat arrivals… is a halfwit
– scientific lines-of-research must or can be chosen on the basis of expected financial return… is a dunce
– the climate is not warming… is an ignoramus
– human activity has not and does not significanty contribute to this global warming… is a dimwit
– warmer climate does not mean more bushfires… is a dullard
– underground gas “fracking” near the Artesian Basin may be properly risk-managed… is a loon
– vaccination causes autism… is an imbecile
– privatising fundamental social infrastructure is in the interests of consumers … is a dolt
– a fibre-to-the-node (supposedly) broadband network could be a sufficient and sound investment decision… is a simpleton
– the Earth is 6000 years old… is an oaf
– the church(s) invented the concept of marriage… is a fathead
For those who wish to argue …
Bear in mind, the above are (false) statements – not opinions. These are easily (dis)proven, with evidence readily available. If you disagree, then you’ve missed the point about factuality. I refer you to the meaning of “fool”.
If you feel aggrieved then you are welcome to find illustrate contrary evidence of comparable weight to that readily available.
Good luck with that.
This does not mean cherry-picking convenient parts, whilst ignoring others, in documents and literature such as:
– human rights declarations
– outdated or discredited research
– politically charged technical papers
– particular passages in the Bible
Don’t bother asking me to find evidence for you. I’m not wasting the effort of dragging your head out of the sand.
… now for a cup of tea…