Mark Nichol: What the Hell Do You Do About Profanity?

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What place, if any, does profanity have in writing? There are as many different answers as there are types of writing.

 

Fiction

 

Novels that purport to reflect real life must include profanity if the life they reflect includes use of profanity. This is difficult to accept for many people of a certain age, dismayed by the ubiquity of swearwords in modern literature, who have the disadvantage of having grown up during an era when books and movies were censored. (But let’s get real: In the Old West, cantankerous cowboys did not refer to each other as “You no-good so-and-so,” and in combat, to paraphrase a well-known expression, there are no decorous speakers in foxholes.) Popular entertainment often admittedly goes overboard in drenching dialogue in profanity, but that is merely an exaggeration, not a fabrication, of reality.

 

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Nidhi Thakur: #Is that really you?

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It is really ironic that the moment I read this topic in  Brunch, I didn’t turn to the 50 people sitting around me at work. Instead, I logged onto my Twitter account and posted a tweet asking a bunch of strangers for their valuable inputs and bounced ideas and theories off them. What is funny is that discussing it with people didn’t even occur to me. Also, before posting the tweet, I didn’t spend a second to decide whether I agreed with the viewpoint or not. But the response I received just endorsed my subconscious decision.

Today we live in an age where a city-wide distance from our loved ones doesn’t hurt us as much as the detachment we feel when we charge our phone and it’s inaccessible. So important has virtual acceptance become, that we do not realise how and when it takes over our real existence.

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CHARLES L. GRISWOLD: Forgiveness

On Forgiveness

By CHARLES L. GRISWOLD

We are in a season traditionally devoted to good will among people and to the renewal of hope in the face of hard times.  As we seek to realize these lofty ideals, one of our greatest challenges is overcoming bitterness and divisiveness.  We all struggle with the wrongs others have done to us as well as those we have done to others, and we recoil at the vast extent of injury humankind seems determined to inflict on itself.  How to keep hope alive?  Without a constructive answer to toxic anger, addictive cycles of revenge, and immobilizing guilt, we seem doomed to despair about chances for renewal.  One answer to this despair lies in forgiveness.

What is forgiveness? When is it appropriate? Why is it considered to be commendable?  Some claim that forgiveness is merely about ridding oneself of vengeful anger; do that, and you have forgiven.  But if you were able to banish anger from your soul simply by taking a pill, would the result really be forgiveness?  The timing of forgiveness is also disputed. Some say that it should wait for the offender to take responsibility and suffer due punishment, others hold that the victim must first overcome anger altogether, and still others that forgiveness should be unilaterally bestowed at the earliest possible moment.  But what if you have every good reason to be angry and even to take your sweet revenge as well?  Is forgiveness then really to be commended? Some object that it lets the offender off the hook, confesses to one’s own weakness and vulnerability, and papers over the legitimate demands of vengeful anger.  And yet, legions praise forgiveness and think of it as an indispensable virtue.  Recall the title of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book on the subject: “No Future Without Forgiveness.”

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Unknown: Battle between two wolves

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One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that was going on inside himself. He said, “My son, it is between two wolves. One is evil: anger, envy,sorrow,regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity,guilt,resentment,inferiority,lies, false pride,superiority,and ego. The other is good: joy, peace,love, hope,serenity,humility,kindness,benevolence,empathy,generosity,truth, compassion,and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,”Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one I feed.”

—Author Unknown

Sigmund Freud: Excremental

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The excremental is all too intimately and inseparably bound up with the sexual: the position of the genitals—inter urinas et faeces—remains the decisive and unchangeable factor. One might say here, varying a well-known saying of the great Napoleon: “Anatomy is destiny.”

Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, Standard Edition, vol. 11, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1957). On the Universal Tendency to Debasement in the Sphere of Love, sect. 3 (1912).
Napoleon had said, “Politics is destiny” (as reported by German poet Goethe in conversation with him in 1808).

Jefferson Carter: There’s no such thing as a stupid question

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A STUPID QUESTION

by Jefferson Carter

All the good questions have been asked.
Am I my brother’s keeper?
Are you my pork chop?
What’s a guy gotta do to get a drink around here?
I’ve been dreaming about my brother,
who lived on Crete. I dragged him out of the surf,
dead drunk, 150-pound carp, but hairier
& muttering every pariah’s secret,
“I’m a creep. I’m a creep.”
Do dreams begin responsibilities?
Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques, dormez vous?
A squalid rented room,
the furniture shrouded in wax paper.
Who’s to blame? A stupid question.
Brother Jon, Jon, my brother, are you sleeping?

Christopher Dodd: Legislation

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“We can’t legislate wisdom or passion. We can’t legislate competency. All we can do is create the structures and hope that good people will be appointed who will attract other good people.”

Senator Christopher Dodd, trying to justify the expanded discretionary power given to regulators to constrain excesses in the financial services industry.

Dolly Parton: Put up with the rain

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“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” ~Dolly Parton, quoted in “Happily Ever After”

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Jeremy Grantham: Volatility

Volatility is a symptom that people have no idea of the underlying value – that they have stopped playing the asset game. They’re not buying because it’s a company with certain attributes. They’re buying because the price is rising.” Jeremy Grantham.

Anonymous: Remain competitive

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“We should remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.”

– Anonymous.

John Bogle: Consequences

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“Investing isn’t just about probabilities. It’s about consequences, and you’ve got to be prepared for them.” John Bogle

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Warren Buffett: Pickpocket of enterprise

“One of the ironies of the stock market is the emphasis on activity. Brokers, using terms such as ‘marketability’ and ‘liquidity‘ sing the praises of companies with high share turnover… but investors should understand that what is good for the croupier is not good for the customer. A hyperactive stock market is the pick pocket of enterprise.”

—Warren Buffett.

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Peter Lynch: Making money in stocks

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“The key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them.” Peter Lynch

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Donald Rumsfeld: Unknown unknowns

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There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

Donald Rumsfeld.

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Pablo Picasso: Everything you can imagine is real

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Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

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John Templeton: This time it’s different

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“The four most dangerous words in investing are ‘This time it is different’.” – Sir John Templeton

 

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Vince Lombardi: Confidence

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. ~Vince Lombardi.

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Chapman Cohen: Fragile Gods

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. –Chapman Cohen, author and lecturer (1868-1954).

Peter Lynch: Guts, not head

“The most important organ in the body as far as the stock market is concerned is the guts, not the head.” Peter Lynch

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Warren Buffett: Excitement and expenses

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“Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies.” Warren Buffett.

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