It Never Goes Without Saying

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Some things just go without saying.

But here’s a funny thing about each one of those things:

Whatever goes without saying always becomes, sooner or later, the single most important thing that must be said.

Let’s therefore try an experiment: Let’s each think of something that just goes without saying.

And just say it.

How might that change our world?


It Never Goes Without Saying — 8 Comments

  1. uhhn..cite your sources! The whole point of your analysis is that us, the public, wants to know which sources YOU find the most credible, so, in addition to the effort you have spared us, which is a courtesy (which also goes without saying), we also get to know your rating of which source is most on point, most credible, etc. So, having us just do a google search; what you are doing is making us do all of the legwork and with no framework in which to reference as a guide for us to do more research on our own.

    Also, “fact check,” is the wrong application. We are not fact checking you, those articles are not facts they are subjective views of some facts with which to draw inferences.

    As for my letter to you, I would never post an article that didn’t have my sources; the reference I made to George Soros as an engineer for this campaign against fake news, for example. I am not doing it here because this is a response, not an article, and I am a guest here.

    Finally, have you noted how there’s been no protest over this mistrial and not much coverage of this mistrial, in which the evidence is a video of a man being shot in the back by a police officer? I.e., a case of gross misconduct in which everyone is probably in agreement with. Yet, when there is a case in which the evidence is not so convincing there have been massive protests and coverage? Is it because the jury did this and not the State? But then, look at what happened after the Rodney King verdict, another incident in which the case was not so convincing in his favor, remember we didn’t see the entire video. I have been pulled over myself and when I didn’t cooperate in the manner prescribed, they treated me like a pancake, I had to be motionless.

    PS Those hacked emails: I would suggest that texting a pizza parlor owner at around midnight and talking about pizza is a bit odd. And it wasn’t “your pizza is great, I can’t wait to come over for lunch tomorrow!” Where are those texts now?

    • Thanks for your feedback, Shannon. I do cite sources when they’re needed. But there are two cases when they aren’t, and I don’t:

      (1) If I state something as my subjective opinion — I am the source. No link is needed, or even possible, because only I know my opinion. You’re reading it; zero mouse clicks necessary.

      (2) If I state something as hard, cold, incontrovertible fact — you are the source. This means you can verify it for yourself with two or three mouse-clicks, tops, and note that all the sources agree.

      Absent any controversy, you needn’t know which reports I consider “most credible”. They’re unanimous. You demanded “sources” for my statement-of-fact that Trump has publicly denounced net neutrality. This has been reported by (as best I can tell) every single mainstream news outlet, by every niche publication that covers the issue, and even by most of the unhinged-conspiracy-theory outliers. Among other demonstrable facts (like his FCC transition team), they all cite his own 2014 Twitter rant. That too you can read for yourself; you can google it, or search Twitter (you don’t need an account).

      Look, you wrote originally to challenge what I’d stated about Trump’s public position on the “open Internet” (net neutrality). Nobody has time to look it up for themselves, you said. People have lives, you said. And yet — you spend God knows how much time bombarding me about my sources, when in 20 seconds or less you could be your own source. Now that you know I didn’t make it up, you’re still demanding sources. Not to confirm anything, but only so you can deconstruct the inner workings of my mind? Good luck with that!

      As noted, I do cite sources when they’re needed. Mostly, I don’t, because they aren’t. You have the power to see through your own eyes and check out factual statements you question. You’re welcome, if you insist, to call my attitude a lack of courtesy. Or you could take it to mean I treat readers, including you, as responsible adults. That’s how I do mean it — as a compliment and a token of respect.

      • No..”even the most unhinged conspiracy outlets”…is just nonsense, that’s just hyperbole, you seem to hold these mainstream outlets as having higher standards when they don’t. I was just trying to help you better your position, but it seems you want to stay in you “niche’ I really don’t care, you emailed me, remember? adios.

    • Ben, I just unsubscribed you. Not sure why it didn’t work, as subscribers come and go all the time. It’s a MailChimp function, outside my control unless I’m handling it manually as in this instance. Thanks for the heads-up!

  2. Yesterday I spoke that which often falls under ‘just goes without saying.’ I was in a session with my team of Baha’i children’s class teachers. I talked about how because we are Baha’is we know we agree on basic and very fundamental beliefs, but we think that that can go without saying. But its obvious we have very different personalities and ways of thinking and we leave ourselves upset when those get in the way of our goals with the classes. I went on to say then that being on the team with them really added to my life and taught me so much about how I need detachment from my human/animal traits.

    We then proceeded to have a very harmonious day despite cold temperatures, knocking on some doors and starting conversations with some new contacts in the neighborhood; conversations which will lead to some additional teachers, children, and spaces for classes.

    Just wanted to share this experience with saying what goes without saying; in other words, acknowledging what we often take entirely for granted.

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