what you say....
Today is the 5th day of the 18th week, the 3rd day of the 5th month, the 123rd day of 2018, and:
Quote of the day:
- Garden Meditation Day
- Lag B'omer – to celebrate Rabbi Shimon’s life and the revelation of the esoteric soul of Torah.
- Martin Z Mollusk Day
- National Chocolate Custard Day
- National Day of Prayer
- National Day of Reason
- National Lumpy Rug Day
- National Raspberry Popover Day
- National SAN Architect Day
- National Specially-abled Pets Day
- National Textiles Day
- National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
- Paranormal Day
- Public Radio Day
- Sun Day - designated by United States President Jimmy Carter in 1978, specifically devoted to advocacy for solar power
- Wordsmith Day
- World Password Day
- World Press Freedom Day
"Because I've always felt, whether the fatwa or whatever, the writer's great weapon is the truth and integrity of his voice. And as long as what you're saying is what you truly, honestly believe to be the case, then whatever the consequences, that's fine. That's an honorable position."
~ Salman Rushdie, British Indian novelist
This quote was sent out as part of the Positive Quotes newsletter yesterday. Now read what was said above again: “…as long as what you're saying is what you truly, honestly believe to be the case, then whatever the consequences, that's fine.” Think about that statement for a moment. This man just said that as long as you believe what you are saying, no matter what the consequences are, it is okay. Now put in the context of the issues Rushdie has had after writing his book and the fact that there is quite literally a bounty placed on his head for daring to write about his gestalt, this statement is a downright heroic defense of free speech. I’m sure he didn’t mean the applications of his statement that immediately sprang to my mind. For example: the flat-earth movement is actually growing in numbers as folks state their firmly held conviction that there is no such thing as a globe, there are measles outbreaks threatening vulnerable babies around the world because the belief the vaccine causes autism persists, and no matter how many times economists debunk the theory it would appear that trickledown economics is alive and well in certain segments of our society. But each of these people passionately believe in what they are saying -- the earth is flat, vaccines cause autism and trickledown means if we give more to the rich everyone will prosper – and other people listen to them. No amount of trumpeting about “fake news” and “alternative facts” touches them, no amount of reason or science reaches them, because they believe and they not only act on those beliefs but proselytize – and this has real consequences for society as a whole.
No I don’t think I like or agree with this quote.
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