Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/19/20

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The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune and willingly avoids the sight of distress.”   —   Somerset Maugham

(Boy, have things changed since Maugham’s days!  People may not watch the news as much these days, but with the internet and social media misfortune and distress are the order of the day.  It’s unfortunate, because it leads to an intolerant, mob mentality.  A kangaroo court of public opinion.  People have become cowed to the popular point of view, and that’s kind of pathetic.  I still prefer looking at both sides of an issue, and not jumping to conclusions, but I feel like I’m in a rapidly shrinking minority.  Remember when this was more the norm?  “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.  Take this stand these days and you could be ostracized!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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6 Responses to “Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/19/20”

  1. 1 lwc January 21, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    I don’t know, unc. I think the “intolerant, mob mentality” has always been with us, and will be for a while.

    Remember all the lynchings in America of the last couple centuries [not all lynching victims were black people].

    The burnings-at-the-stake of poor souls who didn’t preach the “official” gospel. Even Galileo came close on a couple occasions by noting that the Earth is not the center of Universe and disagreeing with Aristotle about the true nature of gravity.

    And, worse yet, all of those things can happen again. Notice the how our president enjoys stirring up a crowd: What was that chant during the last campaign ? “Lock her up !” ?

  2. 2 unclerave January 21, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Historically speaking, you definitely have a point, lwc! Maybe I should’ve prefaced my comments to in my lifetime. Lynchings were horrendous acts of mob rule, but they largely – though not entirely – died out in the earlier 20th Century. Clearly, we didn’t invent this “intolerant, mob mentality”, but we seem to fallen back into its clutches. Unfortunately, sometimes societies take a step backward, when – ideally – we should be moving forward. — YUR

  3. 3 lwc January 23, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    I’ve only recently heard and understood one of Dr king’s famous quotes:
    “The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.”

    Now, that I’m old enough to have multiple decades of personal history, not including academic history, Dr King’s quote seems to be true. We have a long way to go, but at least things aren’t like they used to be in my grandfathers, or even my father’s time.

    Sometimes I wonder if our generation contributed enough. We’ve been so pampered that our next generation may have to make up for our slack. The youngsters today don’t seem eager to carry the prejudice we’ve been saddled with. They seem ready to look past it and move on.

  4. 4 unclerave January 23, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Please lend me your rose-colored glasses, lwc! I’ve long hoped that our racist tendencies would be dying out, like the dinosaur, but this rise in white nationalism, etc – hiding behind their MAGA hats – is so far proving me wrong. I think our generation thought they may have killed it, but it only went underground, and now it is re-emerging from the shadows. — YUR

  5. 5 lwc January 25, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I understand what you mean, unc, but please don’t lose hope.

    We need you to stick with us for the duration so the ones left won’t be alone !

  6. 6 unclerave January 25, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    I always try to remain both objective and positive, lwc! The pendulum can swing back – away from the dark side – but we need to fight the haters and those who are greedy and selfish. We need all the good people to vote, and remove those who are tainting our society. — YUR

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