Sep 07 2013

True Courage Is Knowing You’re Wrong But Refusing To Admit It

From the Onion:

Courage requires us to remain steadfast in our beliefs. It asks that we stand by the convictions we express and never give an inch, no matter what the cost. However off base, wrongheaded, or patently false a position we’ve staked out may be, courage nonetheless demands that we blindly pound home our stupid fucking point, never letting up.

Brave hero!

What is the measure of bravery? I think part of it has to do with how firmly we stand our ground when we have absolutely no fucking clue what we’re talking about.

Another part involves having the mental strength to steel our minds against any reasonable argument that might challenge one of our beliefs. This means cultivating the ability to remain totally impervious to logic, so that when someone points out a blatant error in our line of thought, we can simply shrug and ignore them.

Can you make statements you know to be false in a determined and measured tone of voice? Can you then continue to reel off untruths by pulling idiotic examples out of your ass to further illustrate your faulty point, all the while giving no one else a chance to respond? Can you look basic common sense in the face and laugh?

Because that is what courage asks of us.

We know that brave hero.


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  1. 1

    Wow, it’s like somebody wrote out the manifesto of a particular somebody who has been driving me insane all week. I am so sharing this.

    Here’s the hyperlink if anybody else wants to read the whole thing

  2. 2
    G Pierce (Was ~G~)

    Is the author friends with Ron Lindsey?

  3. 3
    Al Dente

    Is the author friends with Ron Lindsey?

    More likely Justin Vacula or Paul Elam. Although DJ Grothe is a definite candidate.

  4. 4

    You must be going for the comic here.

  5. 5

    Sorry for off topic, but I’m trying to find something I swear I saw on B&W and now I can’t find. It was a short thing, just one of those pictures that someone has written on and then a blurb and a link. The picture was a woman cosplaying a lesser known female comic character, and the writing on the picture was making fun of her for Doing It Wrong, and the reason it was here was because the person marking up the picture didn’t know what they were talking about.

    If I remember correctly, the comic character name started with a D and she was wearing green, including a bustier and a hat, and the marker-up thought she was pretending to be a female joker. Did I dream this? I tried to tell someone about it last night and then couldn’t find it to show them what I was talking about.

  6. 6
    Ophelia Benson

    Deborah – that doesn’t ring a bell with me.

  7. 7

    Odd. Ok well thanks for answering. Maybe it was a very vivid dream. Or maybe I saw it somewhere else and it made me think of you!

    *er perhaps should mention I read all the time, but phone commenting is difficult so I mostly lurk.

  8. 8

    @Deborah: You didn’t dream it, I know exactly what picture you’re talking about (don’t remember the character name though; it’s a -really- obscure character). I seem to remember seeing it on Facebook. I’ll post a link here when I find it.

  9. 9

    @Deborah: The cosplay was of Duela Dent (Why is it I can remember fictional character names, but not names in real life?)

  10. 10
    Ophelia Benson

    Yay! Result.

  11. 11
    Ophelia Benson

    And now that I’ve looked, I can be pretty confident you didn’t see it here – I don’t recognize it.

    Cool cosplay!

  12. 12

    What the Onion described really sounds like Fox news and especially Bill O’Reilly

  13. 13

    That slice of the Onion (yes, pun intended) is a living example of Poe’s law.

    Those to whom the item applies will actually take it seriously as justification for doing what they do, rather than as mockery of themselves. They wouldn’t get the joke even if you explained it to them…because they wouldn’t be willing to admit being the butt of the joke, further proving the point.

  14. 14

    This reminds me of a article I once read (Can’t find it for the moment) about how the right and left (or conservatives vs progressives) both promote a number of virtues but they each have different interpretations for those vitues. If I remember correctly perseverance was a bigger component in being courages for the right as it was for the left. For the right changing your course because of new information was seen as lacking strength of conviction, being a flip flopper. Once you have set your goal, it shows charcter to conquer the obstacles, rather than admit an obstacle is to big an issue for it to be conquered.

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    If you replace “courage” and “bravery” with “faith” then the quoted sections become a fairly ordinary description of the attitude of the religious right. I guess when the slymers call themselves “brave heroes” they are actually calling themselves “saints” of their faith.

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