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Written by businessavante
3177 days ago

Hi Brad.

I love reading lists of inspirational quotes like these in blogs, but I resent it when people use someone else's quote to attempt to bolster their position in a discussion. It's BS because they didn't think of it themselves - they're just parroting something flowery sounding in the hopes that they look better hiding behind that than their own less articulate thoughts. (This is fresh in my mind because many people used lofty quotes after Bin Laden was plugged to place themselves above the issue.)

Duncan

Duncan



Written by businessavante
3163 days ago

Finally, I should point out that had anyone disagreed and said either that they were saddened by Bin Laden's death, or that they thought he was an evil man, but they still weren't glad he was dead - that would have been fine. It's not how they stood on the issue, but that they used a quote to raise them self in the discussion.



Written by businessavante
3163 days ago

That was pretty much it, Yoni - maybe a bit more mean-spirited than I was driving for. Right after Bin Laden was offed, there were a lot of people quoting Martin Luther King. His words were very flowery & it was a lofty sentiment - I agree with it on a philosophical level, but it ignores the base emotion many of us (including me) felt - I was glad the son-of-a-bitch was dead. I felt those using that quote were trying to place themselves above the level of the masses.

One intellectual on FaceBook, after I called him on it (yes), then shared an even longer quote - much longer. My reply was that it didn't matter how many words were used, or how many syllables each word contained - it still completely missed the point.

Duncan



Written by ronika
3163 days ago

Loved this movie, Yoni! So many great scenes, but the one you mentioned and the NSA interview are among my favourites!

If you don't mind some swearing and heavy Bostonian accents, I highly recommend it.



Written by yoni67
3163 days ago

Duncan,

Check this out and tell me what you think. CLASSIC scene!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSTqXme9RCk



Written by businessavante
3163 days ago

Exactly, Brad - I was referring to the 2nd part of your reply.

Fascinating, Yoni - I've never seen the movie, but it illustrates the point perfectly.

Duncan



Written by yoni67
3163 days ago

Duncan, The danger of dropping quotes from the famous bar-scene in Good Will Hunting:

Chuckie (Ben Affleck): Are we gonna have a problem here?

Clark (Obnoxious Harvard Student): No, no, no, no! There's no problem here. I was just hoping you might give me some insight into the evolution of the market economy in the southern colonies. My contention is that prior to the Revolutionary War, the economic modalities, especially in the southern colonies, could be most aptly described as agrarian precapitalist.

Chuckie: Let me tell you something -

Will (Matt Damon): Of course that's your contention. You're a first-year grad student; you just got finished reading some Marxian historian, Pete Garrison probably. You're gonna be convinced of that 'till next month when you get to James Lemon. Then you're going to be talking about how the economies of Virginia and Pennsylvania were entrepreneurial and capitalist way back in 1740. That's gonna last until next year; you're gonna be in here regurgitating Gordon Wood, talkin' about, you know, the pre-revolutionary utopia and the capital-forming effects of military mobilization.

Clark: Well, as a matter of fact, I won't, because Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social -

Will: "Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social distinctions predicated upon wealth, especially inherited wealth"? You got that from Vickers' "Work in Essex County," page 98, right? Yeah, I read that too. Were you gonna plagiarize the whole thing for us? Do you have any thoughts of your own on this matter? Or do you, is that your thing, you come into a bar, read some obscure passage and then pretend - you pawn it off as your own, as your own idea just to impress some girls, embarrass my friend?

Clark: [looks down in shame]

Will: See, the sad thing about a guy like you is, in 50 years you're gonna start doin' some thinkin' on your own and you're going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don't do that, and two, you dropped 150 grand on a f***in' education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!

Clark: Yeah, but I will have a degree. And you'll be servin' my kids fries at a drive-thru on our way to a skiing trip.

Will: That may be, but at least I won't be unoriginal



Written by AggieBrad
3163 days ago

I don't know, Duncan. I think if a quote is used in proper context then it doesn't matter that it's not original. Oftentimes, I find quotes express what I am trying to say much more eloquently than I could do it. Does this mean I'm inarticulate? Perhaps, but I'm okay with that. ;)

I think I understand your broader point though. Quotes used as cover to attack others is not okay with me either.



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