Monday, May 2, 2016

What's The Difference Between Stupid And Genius?:

I love those quirky sayings that crop up on social media and other sites on the Internet. Here's one I came across recently:


Here's another one and I think it relates a little to the previous one:


Let's just do a little interrogation of the thinking behind this sandwich board. 
  • Didn't the person who wrote the slogan already implicitly assume the belief that being a better person implies the belief that it would be beneficial to make this belief known? 
  • Is it not true that the person who wrote this slogan about belief, wants us to believe them, with the goal of producing better behaviour, because they themselves have faith in the truth that right beliefs underlie right behaviours?
  • Hasn't their faith in the power of beliefs to cause better behaviour, already been assumed by the behaviour involved in producing the sign?
However sarcastic my comments might seem, I don't suppose that anyone misses the important truth implied by the sign. There are differences in the degree to which people hold beliefs. Some give mental assent to beliefs without any consequent change in behaviour. As another has written "Hypocrisy is the compliment that vice pays to virtue."