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Make Believe Language

Most of us use and pretend to understand our "Make Believe Language.” Many of the words and phrases wafted about in our speech are virtually meaningless, contradictory, and uninformative. This writer refers to them as “bad words” (and phrases) and herein highlights a very few.

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Degraded Words

The word “PROMISE” has become most degraded by having two unrelated uses become popular and in competition. Promise at one time meant one's commitment and agreement to bind oneself to future action. In a contract, the formula may be mutual promises with some consideration of a promise followed by reliance or action accepting the promise. But recently, we may notice wide use in the media of the word “promise” meaning more or less “I swear” or I stand by a representation, but having nothing to do with binding oneself to action or an obligation.

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Half Is Not Half

Seemingly, we are weaned on simple arithmetic as if that is the way nature and the world operates. We tend to equate being half done with half the time to complete a project, with half the materials and in half the effort. We thus presume a one to one correspondence between efforts and results; between input and out; between work and remuneration, etc.

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An Equilibrium Does Not Require God

Among other things, this writer was approached by a naive soul who imputed God's intervention to keep the Earth in (seeming) perfect orbit around the sun i.e. just enough that the Earth would be “sucked in and scooped into the sun” no more than necessary to exit it's orbit and spin off out of our solar system. Too many of us observe all sorts of phenomena that represent equilibria including such things as vehicular traffic which breeds more traffic sufficient to create bottlenecks and gridlocks all around large cities, much the same as some rivers develop whirlpools or in the fashion of the Red Spot on Jupiter which is a giant storm that never seems to dissipate nor resolve.

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One-to-One

We presume a one to one relationship between our senses and reality. We presume, for instance, that something looks like what it sounds like. We believe that it looks like it feels. It looks like it smells. If these were all true, we might confirm such a one to one (1:1) relationship.

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THE Truth

How often we hear the bandied phrase “THE Truth.” How might we distinguish “THE Truth” from something that it Truthful. What do we mean by “THE Truth? More importantly what do we think we mean when we say “THE Truth?”

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"The Truth"

Where is the truth?
What is the truth?
What is “the whole truth?”
If one tells the truth, what does one tell?

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The Illusion of Best

Seems like we are bred and schooled to assume that there must always be a “best of anything. By this way of thinking, all members point to the best and emulate the best approaching perfect or perfection.

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Average on Earth

The average Surface of the earth is covered by ocean more than three miles deep. So what!!
This statistic makes about as much sense as most other averages bandied about by the media.
The center of gravity of a donut is the hole. So what does that say about averages?

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Credit Scores: What They Mean and Social Control

Credit is a big business and the credit industry business it very large. Yet it is something that most of us take for granted as been valid, relatively accurate and legitimate. But as the Exception is said to prove the rule the rather extreme perturbations of the Credit System should convince us that something is “amok” and that it is not what it seems to be.

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