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For Sale: You

by baldilocks

Orig­i­nally posted at my old blog on April 12, 2008 in the months before another pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Some edit­ing and added text.

Back­ground.

Note: I may have already re-​posted this rant here at Da Tech Guy Blog. But as I watch how “con­ser­v­a­tive” fans — note the noun – of Don­ald Trump react to crit­i­cism of him and his past, I felt the need to post it again. Many fans like the fact that Mr. Trump speaks with­out fear or apol­ogy and, I agree that this is an admirable trait. But if we con­ser­v­a­tives are sup­posed to vote for a per­son because of his con­ser­v­a­tive–sound­ing words and are to dis­count the past words and deeds which con­tra­dict that person’s present words, then fans of Barack Obama — who believed his words and ignored his past – are owed an apology.

On prin­ci­ple.

All too often these days, when the aver­age per­son talks about prin­ci­ples, what they’re really talk­ing about are their per­sonal com­modi­ties — exchange­able for fiat and other cur­ren­cies and avail­able only to the select. Oh sure, this mer­chan­dise is labeled as “prin­ci­ple” but the def­i­n­i­tion of the word has become muta­ble – Truth become the Lie.

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Thus does the Golden Rule, “do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you,” become “do unto oth­ers as your pre­con­ceived notions would have you believe that oth­ers will do unto you.” Or does the Rule come with a cod­i­cil: “do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you — but only if you believe that oth­ers fol­low this rule.” (The most com­mon, of course, is: “do unto oth­ers before they do/​as they have already done to you,” but at least those who abide by this per­ver­sion of the Rule have the cour­tesy to drop all pretense.)

Of course the Golden Rule has con­straints — like all rules which exist in the realm of human imper­fec­tion. It can­not and, some­times, should not be fol­lowed 100% of the time. There are excep­tions to every sin­gle rule under the sun. But if the Rule is to be thrown out of the win­dow every sin­gle time it gets a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to fol­low it, then why bother to even pre­tend to fol­low it? (And, please peo­ple, on those occa­sions when you’re not liv­ing up to your stated prin­ci­ples, you could at least acknowl­edge that you’re falling short instead of child­ishly point­ing at the other guy and say “well he’s not fol­low­ing the Rule either.”)

If your “prin­ci­ples” are always for sale, then call them some­thing else, because, in spite of the The­ory of Rel­a­tive Def­i­n­i­tions for Words Which Have Fixed Mean­ings in the Real World, they are not principles.

Call them The Fam­ily Jew­els and sell them on eBay. You might fetch a high price for them.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

Originally posted at my old blog on April 12, 2008 in the months before another presidential election. Some editing and added text.

Background.

Note: I may have already re-posted this rant here at Da Tech Guy Blog. But as I watch how “conservative” fans—note the noun–of Donald Trump react to criticism of him and his past, I felt the need to post it again. Many fans like the fact that Mr. Trump speaks without fear or apology and, I agree that this is an admirable trait. But if we conservatives are supposed to vote for a person because of his conservative-sounding words and are to discount the past words and deeds which contradict that person’s present words, then fans of Barack Obama—who believed his words and ignored his past–are owed an apology.

On principle.

All too often these days, when the average person talks about principles, what they’re really talking about are their personal commodities—exchangeable for fiat and other currencies and available only to the select. Oh sure, this merchandise is labeled as “principle” but the definition of the word has become mutable–Truth become the Lie.

pawn
Expendible

Thus does the Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” become “do unto others as your preconceived notions would have you believe that others will do unto you.” Or does the Rule come with a codicil: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you—but only if you believe that others follow this rule.”  (The most common, of course, is: “do unto others before they do/as they have already done to you,” but at least those who abide by this perversion of the Rule have the courtesy to drop all pretense.)

Of course the Golden Rule has constraints—like all rules which exist in the realm of human imperfection. It cannot and, sometimes, should not be followed 100% of the time. There are exceptions to every single rule under the sun. But if the Rule is to be thrown out of the window every single time it gets a little difficult to follow it, then why bother to even pretend to follow it? (And, please people, on those occasions when you’re not living up to your stated principles, you could at least acknowledge that you’re falling short instead of childishly pointing at the other guy and say “well he’s not following the Rule either.”)

If your “principles” are always for sale, then call them something else, because, in spite of the Theory of Relative Definitions for Words Which Have Fixed Meanings in the Real World, they are not principles.

Call them The Family Jewels and sell them on eBay. You might fetch a high price for them.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>baldilocks