27 May 2011
Wisdom, Humour and the Bright Star of Freedom
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it. - Upton Sinclair
Used to be I would often begin filling this wee corner of our electronic planet with a line or two of wisdom I had gathered up over the years. William Godwin supplied much of that. He was the wisest man whose words I have ever come across.
What Godwin lacked was a sense of humour. The flaring of his star, brighter than just about anybody's, might have lit up his universe a little longer if he was not so damn serious. People remember and retell what they find funny to a wide variety of people. What they remember and retell that is humourless they pass on primarily to those who think like themselves and what they pass on from the serious corners of their life to those who do not think like themselves gets forgotten in a hurry.
Sinclair's above quote is both funny and serious and it applies so pertinently to my province's Liberal Party's inability to understand just how much we, the people, want to stick the HST up their ass.