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Originally posted by Initiate
reply to post by inverslyproportional
Very good post, although it doesn't, strictly speaking, answer the question. The single biggest and blackest lie is that there is no purpose (beyond survival) in our universe, closely followed by the lie that we have no free will.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
I dont know if this is the greatest lie ever told, but it bugs the living hell out of me.
"Patience is a virtue."
Virtue ? My furry butt it is!
Like consistency, it is a virtue of the dead. Among the living patience has next to no value. It is people being patient, which means that despite various changes of government in various nations, the rich powerful few, are always able to exert thier power over the poor, powerless many. It is the patience of the many, which means that these idiots and thier cheque books still rule the roost. If patience was abandoned in favour of immediate and unstoppable rage, they would not dare to do what they do, the way they do it.
It is patience with murderers, child molestors, and serial rapists, which see prison populations grow, and prisons overcrowd. If there were less patience in the system, then these wastes of flesh would be summarily removed from the gene pool, and thier upkeep would not drain our resources like a cancer on an organ.
Patience means emotions which should be freely expressed, and worn on the sleeve, have to be swallowed , and opinions which ought to be acted upon, ignored or repressed, all for the sake of virtue. Its utter rot. Be impatient. Impatience will stop people mugging old ladies, and shooting up drugs, and murdering people for kicks. It will be better for the world than an over abundance of patience.
Obviously, I am not suggesting that one should smack a kid upside the head for being a slow learner, or that one ought to resort to violence without just provocation. But remaining patient in the face of stimulus which ought to result in carnage, is not a virtue. It is as much of a sin as constant rage, total anger, and unreasonable violence in the face of fair treatment.
Originally posted by AthlonSavage
All good replies. Now I think I need to have a thread which ask what is the greatest truth revealed to humanity. Somewhere between the greatest truth and lie, is the reality.