I thought I would attempt to be funny today. This is another paper I wrote in 2001 and I thought it was funny. I do say bullshit over and over so be warned if you are easily offended.
This is one of those rare posts that is not for my kids, but just because. 🙂
We’ve all heard it, and we’ve all knowingly passed it off. There aren’t many days that go by that a form of it isn’t used in your life or mine. You may not always know that it’s present but bullshit sticks around.
Bullshit. Isn’t it great? I mean how else are you going to get out of not having read the first five chapters of your history book? Ah, the power that it brings when the person being bullshitted doesn’t know that you haven’t the slightest clue what you are talking about. Unfortunately I don’t think I could con my way thru the previous scenario even if I tried. It would take more work than just reading all one hundred and eighty five pages. I think.
A bullshit artist would know, but I don’t know any. Or do I?
If we all just cared to learn the truth would there be as much BS? Some people are better at not knowing the truth than others. I’ve been told that bullshitting is an actual art. Or rather that it can be.
This of course means that we aren’t born knowing how to talk our way out of things; we learn them. Sometimes we learn things earlier than we should. I have seen children countless times blame something on just anyone when they didn’t do it. (oh dear me, little did I know that my own SON would do this, oops!) They themselves really didn’t do the wrong, but they don’t know who did so they just named anyone. Maybe it was really the little boy that pulled her pigtails, but for some reason the little girl that stole her doll is the one that gets the blame. After all she didn’t see it happen but she doesn’t want to get the blame for it so why not make something up?
Sometimes our parents can BS us too. They have no real reason for not wanting us to do something; they just don’t want us to. Perfect opportunity to just make something up. I mean how can they know that there is really going to be alcohol and drugs at that party? However, the two go hand in hand. We young adults can BS mom and dad as well. There ‘might’ be supervision at that party and not all the kids are going to drink, I don’t think so why do the ‘rents need to know that’s it’s actually going to be there. After all I’m not sure. For some reason though, parents are good at knowing when we are doing this.
Bullshit. It’s something we have all used and certainly encountered. Sometimes we see it, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we get away with it, sometimes it’s better luck next time.