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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Saturday is Heinlein Quote Day #36

From Starship Troopers:
That old saw about "to understand all is to forgive all" is a lot of tripe. Some things, the more you understand the more you loathe them.
You can choose your own crimes to loathe.

I have my own list.

3 comments:

  1. Tripe is not quite the characterization of "tout comprendre c’est tout pardonner" that American defense attorneys exploit for leniency in heineous criminal trials.

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  2. In amplification of my earlier, our Department of State has adopted the "tripe" attitude, a;so according to former Seretary Hillary Clinton at Georgetown University:
    “Showing respect even for one’s enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change—change the prospects for peace.”

    Why are some of us not surprised?

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  3. "That is what we believe in the 21st century will change—change the prospects for peace.”

    That statement does not even necessarily conclude that this prophesied change in the prospects for peace will inevitably be positive vis-a-vis the U.S.

    She's either being sloppy in her thinking & speech, or deliberately ambiguous. Tripe, indeed.

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