Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Since I've been concentrating on the exploits of my daughter and her pals, I haven't written a post about politics in a week, but there really hasn't been a need to do so. Nothing has changed. The Democrats attack, the people yawn, and Trump tweets about it. No one's mind is being changed at the moment about anything. All the events placed in front of us -- nekkid dude shooting up a Waffle House in Nashville, crazy dude mowing down pedestrians in Toronto -- are ancillary to the arguments we will never resolve.

The translation of the title of this post is "the more things change, the more they stay the same." The real point of the phrase is the immutability of human nature. We are all flawed in our behavior and our thinking. Although it's not particularly fashionable to state it in this way, we are all sinners. We all need to do better. And we rarely do better, because doing better requires a commitment to change, and in most instances we'd rather not change our ways.

In his invaluable work "The Devil's Dictionary," ol' Ambrose Bierce understood it well:

LIBERTINE, n. Literally a freedman; hence, one who is in bondage to his passions.

BEHAVIOR, n. Conduct, as determined, not by principle, but by breeding.

BORE, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen.

I'm seeing a lot of all three lately. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.


R.A. Crankbait said...

Nope, you haven't missed much. The intractable things are still intractable at their root, but we're not even getting close to that yet. I suppose Canadians are going to start protesting the Canadian Automobile Association for supporting the rights of murderers, and demanding universal background checks for car and truck rentals. Meanwhile, you may have seen the news that London's murder rate is higher than New York's so far this year, and people are using bladed weapons, which are now being banned, and acid (no one needs acid). In Sweden, however, grenade control is the main talking point. Apparently there are plenty of grenades readily available after years of uncivil wars in neighboring regions. Amazing that a background check isn't required to buy a grenade, isn't it?

jerrye92002 said...

there is a lot of just plain nuttiness going on out there and I try to maintain my own sanity by ignoring much of it. I still like to scan the headlines and see what the raving lunatics are Raging about, but beyond that I have a very low tolerance for stupidity. Allowing others to make you angry or unhappy is not a good way to live

Petercorp said...

VanBan and passing a law that people have to wear clothing in a Waffle House soon are not the kinds of change that I can get behind. I can't say with one hundred percent accuracy, but I'm pretty sure that those that founded America wouldn't think that apparel restrictions at a place that serves solid bar food all day, every day, is something that they could support or had in mind

Gino said...

Jason prefers to eat his waffles without pants on. It's his right.

Petercorp said...

All's that I'm saying is what does wearing pants have to do with having waffles? Especially when the guy has an AR

Gino said...

what's wrong with having an AR while eating waffles?

Mr. D said...

Personally, I prefer to wear pants when I eat waffles, but that's mostly because syrup mishaps would be especially challenging pantsless. As for having an AR while eating waffles, of course, who doesn't do that?