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#49 On irony

Dear Mat,

Thinking The Bible perfectly good or perfectly bad is wrong. Reading my criticism of it as saying it is perfectly wrong is, ironically, the same kind of wrong. Here’s my imperfect heuristic: what was written by a bunch of uneducated dudes who were trying to lay claim to the ultimate truth, between 1900 and 2900 years ago, is probably quite wrong. And where it happens to be right, we will have better equivalents now anyway. So we can safely junk it.

Were I to apply this only to holy texts, you could accuse me of being ideologically anti-religious. But of course I apply this to all texts pre-1500. Doesn’t matter if it’s Socrates, Seneca or Saint Paul, they don’t know shit from Shinola about a lot of things. Continue reading #49 On irony

The irony of the ironic

The way the media talks about politics is with a sort of open irony. No one consider’s the Minister’s comments in sincere terms, but in how they will likely “play with the electorate”, the very electorate watching the analysis, who are presumably also aware of this layer of irony. Or are they? Is this the real irony, that the curtain is being pulled back but most people still insist on looking at the puppets. Or is it that everyone is in on the joke yet no one tries to stop it like some ongoing shared delusion or comfortable open secret? Continue reading The irony of the ironic