I'm here to defend you, Sir_Slide! (although you're doing an excellent job defending yourself, it can't hurt to have some moral support)
I think this thread is a real hoot! Absolutely brilliant! I loved it when I found it the other day! This is hilarious and bravo for finding all those
But, speaking of moral (so to speak...
) this thread has taken a ridiculous turn into the land of "straw man" logic on the matter of judgments,
The attack seems to run on the specious logic of
1) all judgment is evil (this is an assumption that is by no means a priori fact and is in fact self-contradictory, as it is a judgmental statement by
2) judgment is by definition evil (again, unsupported except perhaps by poor understanding of religious dogma?)
3) anything that is in any way evil cannot be trusted in any sense (akin to "if you're wrong about one thing, you're wrong about everything - A has
some B in him, therefore A is entirely B - and we might toss in Walt Whitman's "Do I contradict myself? Yes, I contradict myself. I am large, I
4) by judging others to be evil, thereby displaying evil tendencies oneself, negates the value of the original judgment
therefore--- nobody is allowed to have any opinion on anybody or anything ever again.
The underlying tone of the attack against you is judgmental in itself, and thereby your enemy is, by his own argument, quite evil himself.
Making judgments and intelligent evaluations is a mark of intelligence and the ability to both learn from experience, recognize patterns, and
formulate moral conclusions. One might disagree with another's conclusions, but not rightly object to his having made conclusions at all.
Moreover, the attacker also presented false comparisons in an effort to trip you up (and you shrewdly did not fall for it) - the people featured in
the OP are public figures who have both sought public life and wield a significant power over others. They are fair game for gibes. They are not like
the guy pumping gas down the street.
A good sense of humor also goes well with intelligence, and the original post is extremely funny.
I think the antagonist here may well be more comfortable in the company of plankton or other simple creatures that don't make judgments, and don't