Who hasn't heard that "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" - a relatively moral axiom employed by Reuters and other progressive news agencies? Very few, however, realize that it was modeled on an earlier idiom - "one man's trash is another man's treasure" - which, being a legitimate pearl of people's wisdom, lends some of its gloss to Reuters' counterfeit product. We like to call it "truth by association": if it sounds like what we believe is true, it probably is true. The propaganda value of this logical device cannot be overstated - but it must be handled with caution, lest someone writes: "one man's Reuters is another man's Party organ" or "one man's head is another man's hole in the ground." That's why, as a public service, we are offering an exercise designed to teach the masses to generate quality "truths" in bulk and on the fly, without thinking. One man's truth is another man's invention, everything is a matter of opinion, and one man's opinion is another man's truth.
The unstoppable advancement of the daily "truths" generated on a massive scale is going to bring the concept of moral relativity into every living room in America ahead of schedule. The arms on the clock of the revolution will start moving even faster towards midnight than it is warranted by the historical inevitability. Remember: one man's clock is another man's time bomb!
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Truth by Association Game
Associate two words in the standard structure provided, with apologies for lack of gender and species neutrality:
One man's __________
is another man's __________.
Start with pairing concrete objects (e.g., One man's medication is another man's candy), then move gradually to abstract notions (e.g., One man's ignorance is another man's strength), then try a combination of both (e.g., One man's soap drop is another man's lucky chance). You can try to rhyme them (e.g., One man's hope is another man's dope) or use alliterations (e.g., One man's shit is another man's Shinola).
Write down as many as possible, then try to categorize them. There are basically two categories. Be careful not to mix them up.
The Party's Wisdom:
logical fallacies whose very appearance of truth makes them advantageous for the party cause, albeit morally corrupt. Try to create a meaningless slogan with the patina of truth. Something empty yet stunning in its bogus veracity. Something pretty that will only disappoint us when we taste it. Feed us some crap, please. One man's crap is another man's crunchies.
The People's Wisdom:
folk sense that is meaningful and maybe even entertaining. These may be broken into as many subcategories as you like. See examples.
Additional five minutes of this exercise will give you enough experience to call radio talk shows and prevail in any debate. After ten minutes you will be ready to have your own talk show with Air America affiliates. Exercise for fifteen minutes, and you can work as a White House correspondent for the New York Times, ready to interview President of the United States.
Imagine this interview:
Chavez Given Broad New Powers"Dictatorship is what we had before, a dictatorship of the few," he said. "Of course, we want to install a dictatorship, the dictatorship of a true democracy. You, us, together [are] building a different country."
Comrade OtisWhen opposites are merged into the vessel of a statement there is a synthisis that results in a new, more evolved, more "true" truth. To the obdurate, mentally negligible classes such as Fascistic Corporatists and other Capitalist Dogs, the sentence reads as foolishness. To those of a higher mental caliber and keen intellectual insight the truth revealed in such statements is at once obvious, delightful, and self-validating of belief. In this way, we at the Karl Marx Treatment Center have devised tests to determine a patient's mental health and devise proper self-criticism therapy.
Great Stalin's GhostOne man's heroic, speaking truth to power democrat is another man's dhimmi.
Quote:One man's sci-fi TV series is another man's lifestyle.
Sister Massively OpiatedWe are discussing Progressive Truth... the very appearance of sense grants them meaning by dint of association. Everything makes sense when context is maleable. It is therefore not a question of whether they have to make sense... They cannot do anything but.
Quote:One man's diplomacy is another man's dipsomania.
Sister Massively Opiated
Quote:One man's diplomacy is another man's dipsomania.
Great Stalin's GhostOne man's re-edukation is another man's re-edukation.
Quote:(sorry... I guess it's cause today is the anniversary of Pink Floyd starting to record Dark Side of the Moon)
Dr. W. S. PalimpsestOne man's Gemeinschaft is another man's Gesellschaft.
The TsarevnaOne man's "Little Miss Sunshine" is another man's "Crime and Punishment"....hey, that could be true, really.
Comrade Che Cure BootyOne man's fluff is another man's candidate.
The TsarevnaOne man's brave Iranian naval officer, seeking the release of his brothers kidnapped by the Evil Satan...
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