by O Society August 1, 2019
Our conversation begins here regarding the idiom:
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
^ This ^ one sounds like an identity politics idiom to me because it has that “I’m a unique snowflake so respect my glitter” sound to it. Self-help becomes “self-esteem,” which is basically bullshit to tell you what you want to hear so you can “feel good.”
And when we investigate the quote, as done here, indeed we find this:
The self-help book “The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose” by Matthew Kelly contains a chapter titled “Everybody is a Genius” which begins:
Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The question I have for you at this point of our journey together is, “What is your genius?”
It’s self-help clap trap. Which brings us to the “feel good” thing, because it most definitely is a thing. The “self-help” industry contains much scam. So to help with the sketchy feel of the things they say in self-help scams, they attribute the words just made up to someone famous, such as Albert Einstein, to make the sketchiness go down better. A spoonful of sugar.
Bottom line for the speed readers: if your autodidactic self-help method makes you “feel good” all the time, its a scam. Learning and growing contains pain. That’s why they’re called “growing pains.” We cannot avoid the pain if we wish to have realizations and climb out of our status as frogs in a well. Anyone who tells you it’s easy to fix yourself – No meditation necessary! Just read my book! – is selling something, namely, a self-help clap trap book.
Here’s another one we can practice on:
“A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”
J-Lo on the half shell: she looks confused
Sounds like a lesbian idiom to me, which would explain J-Lo’s confusion… wouldn’t it?!?
Maybe graffiti written on a bathroom wall?
Perhaps the idiom migrated to tattoos…
…and became a feminist phrase there? Which could be pretty solid…
…or pretty shallow depending on the feminist.
Maybe an advertising slogan for sex toys even!
That got her attention. Now she’s smiling!
If we assume it’s a feel good thing, we probably won’t be wrong and we can sell some T-shirts in the meantime, right?
Poor girl looks like she could use a T-shirt all sparkly and glittery and chilly…
…perhaps not! Looks like I’ve gone and made her mad now. Apologies, all in good fun. Don’t you think she looks like Summer Glau from that Firefly show? Perhaps it is. I don’t know.
Now we’re digressing, and the speed readers don’t have time for that jive. Here’s what the quote investigator says, phrase coined as graffiti:
We found this anonymous contribution to International Women’s Year on a wall at Forest Lodge: “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”
So what have we learned? Well, most of this “feel good stuff” is bullshit. So if this is what you want, just make your own and sign someone’s name to it:
Might as well sign them all…
Here is the previous post and will try to wrap this up with a third post on New Age Bullshit and why it matters soon. Have a magically delicious day, everybody!