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  • Ben Franklin quote

    I recently came across this Ben Franklin quote and was struck by the eloquence of it in describing the (sometimes frustrating) circuitousness of human reasoning.

    Originally posted by Ben Franklin
    "So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable Creature, since it enables one to find or make a Reason for everything one has a mind to do."
    Context: he wrote it while pondering his own vegetarianism. He was on a sea voyage, and finally resigned himself to eating fish after reasoning that since the fish he ate had smaller fish in their bellies, who was he not to deny his place on the food chain?

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    Re: Ben Franklin quote

    This is so true and I have experienced the same conundrum as Ben did.

    See, I am a Beer-etarian. But all that was around in the house was some rum. I reasoned that I could drink it because I wanted to be drunk.
    Iím not racists, I have republican friends. Radio show host.
    - "The essence of tyranny is the denial of complexity". -Jacob Burkhardt
    - "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" - Emerson
    - "People should not be afraid of it's government, government should be afraid of it's People." - Line from V for Vendetta
    - If software were as unreliable as economic theory, there wouldn't be a plane made of anything other than paper that could get off the ground. Jim Fawcette
    - "Let me now state what seems to me the decisive objection to any conservatism which deserves to be called such. It is that by its very nature it cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving." -Friedrich Hayek
    - "Don't waist your time on me your already the voice inside my head." Blink 182 to my wife

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      Re: Ben Franklin quote

      Originally posted by El_Gringo_Grande View Post
      This is so true and I have experienced the same conundrum as Ben did.

      See, I am a Beer-etarian. But all that was around in the house was some rum. I reasoned that I could drink it because I wanted to be drunk.
      That is so deep.
      "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country.
      He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

      - Attributed to General George Patton, Jr.

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