Divide and Conquer, or, A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

The scariest conspiracies are made up of honest stupid people, not clever liars.

I now invite you to tonight’s episode of “Lies, Damned Lies, and Dangerous Truths Out of Context”:

“Going on a date, son?  When does the lip-locking begin?”

“Aw, c’mon, Dad!”

“But seriously: we believe in no sex before marriage.  Don’t go too far now.”

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“Dude, you made out with Becky?  No way!”

“Yeah man.  I started by talking to her roommate to make her jealous, and then I just agreed-and-amplified everything she said.”

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“She’s dating Clint?  Man.  Girls do go after assholes.”

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“I just want to thank my husband for being unfailingly kind and always offering a friendly ear.  It was one of the things that attracted me to him when we were dating.”

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“If women ran the world, we’d all live in grass huts.”

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“Young men, we need you to become leaders!  The responsibility for tomorrow’s world rests on you.”

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“He never calls!  Why can’t I find a nice guy like you?”

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“You’re a really nice guy, but I’m really not into you that way.”

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“Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.”

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“Take no thought for thy life.”

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“Women are attracted to leadership, stability, and an internal locus of control.”

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“Women are attracted to dissipate alcoholics given to loud laughter and riotous living.”

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“Women like sex more than men do.”

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“Women don’t want sex nearly as much as men do.”

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“Remember son, studying is important.”

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“Remember: she needs you more than you need her.”

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“What’s wrong with you, Christian men?  Man up and [get married]!”

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“Women are all gold-diggers.”

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“I’m not really attracted to a guy for his money.”

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As in my “Double Bind” post, all of these statements are true, in their own context.  The question is not whether they are true, but how they are true.  If you can read them all and figure out what the author of each has right, and what they have wrong, then…well, then I am very happy for you.

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One comment on “Divide and Conquer, or, A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

  1. […] this blog I’ve aired my frustrations with ambiguity.  When you stop to think how many different factors are present in any given […]

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