Saturday, October 18, 2014

How We Learn So Many Things That Aren't True

by Rachel Hoyt

Sometimes the plain facts
Don't seem enough;
Sometimes one reacts
By adding fluff;
Sometimes the teachers
Teach what they want;
Sometimes the preachers
Want words that daunt;
Sometimes what we know
Just became true
Because the "facts" flowed
From them to you.

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  1. from The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, "This is the West, sir," "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

    from, Mark Twain, "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story" and "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

  2. Very entertaining. My favorite was #27. Screw dogs. I pretend to like dogs because I like my girlfriend. Alas, she is allergic to cats. We probably should break up.

    1. Maybe you just haven't found the right dog yet. :)


Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...