Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Above and Beyond Average Bullshit

The porch project is coming along just fine.  For those that missed this Saturday morning post, here's a link to the article I posted titled "Go Paint a Porch."

The above article was written just before I went back to scrapping, sanding, and painting the porch I'm trying to bring back to life.  Yes that project has consumed some of  my time but while toiling there I have been doing some thinking on my cause at the Casino Gaming Oracle.
 During my research for an article released there entitled "ExposingThe Judicial Niggard's" I came across a very profound article on "Bullshit."  No, this is no oxymoron, someone has actually written a 20 page paper on bullshit.

Okay, think I'm bullshitting you? Well see for yourself. [On Bullshit,by Harry Frankfurt, Princeton University] Mr. Frankfurt opens his article by stating: "One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share."
 I pondered this statement because many of you know that I am revealing what I have termed as "Judicial Stealthy Hubristic Injustice Tactics" or "JSHIT"  at my casinogamingoracle blog.  So I began thinking, was this just my contribution to our cultures vast array of bullshit?

Well upon reading his article further, I surmised that it would be left of to you, my audience to decide whether (JSHIT) is bullshit or not.

In developing a meaning and or putting "On Bullshit" in context, Mr. Frankfurt directs us to one of his sources, which happens to be an essay by Max Black, entitled "The Prevalence of Humbug."  Mr. Black defines humbug as, deceptive misrepresentation, short of lying, especially by pretentious word or deed, of somebody’s own thoughts, feelings, or attitudes. [See page 2/20 of On Bullshit]
 Having becoming  use to reading legal papers on various subjects, I became skeptical of this article by Mr. Frankfurt because it lacked the feel, and form of a legal paper.  But, I continued reading and found that he says: "Lying and bluffing are both modes of misrepresentation or deception. Now the concept most central to the distinctive nature of a lie is that of falsity: the liar is essentially someone who deliberately promulgates a falsehood. Bluffing too is typically devoted to conveying something false. Unlike plain lying, however, it is more especially a matter not of falsity but of fakery."

No bullshit folks, the above statement opened my eyes and made my (JSHIT) acronym more meaningful.  Why? Well, just as Mr. Frankfurt sets out to define bullshit, then compares it to a more pleasant term "humbug," and then he shows the divergence of the two terms, bringing to life a thought that most would think has no real meaning at all.  The reader would be expecting, just as I did, that Mr. Frankfurt's entire article would lead nowhere, and turn out to be a hoax.  But, that was not the case here so...
 If you have a few minutes check out Mr. Frankfurt's article, then revisit "JSHIT: Judicial Stealthy Hubristic Injustice Tactics" and "JSHIT: Corruptions Acrimonious Acronym." Now if a Princeton University paper "On Bullshit" can fly and stand on it's own, it surely can support a term coined in the same vein, but having more substantial and documentary proof's.

But, you know by now that I just give you the fact's and ask that you be the judge. Spread the word, tell a friend or two. 

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