One of Friedrich Nietzschze’s most remembered quotes is Aphorism 146 from Beyond Good And Evil:
Wer mit Schwachsinnige kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Schwachsinnige wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.
Translation: He who fights with idiots might take care lest he thereby becomes an idiot. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.
Or something like that.
On a personal level I realized last October that this had happened to me. I had fought so long and so often with Birthers, that I slipped into my own form of idiocy. I mean, what else do you say about a person who woke up each morning and rushed to read the lastest dribble over at ObamaReleaseYourRecords, or Orly Taitz’s Madhouse??? Do sane people give a hoot what some clown like Deputy Zullo claims? Do sane and mentally healthy people engage in arguments with clodhoppers like Tracy Fair (aka KenyanBornObamAcorn)???
Here I was knocking out 3 to 4 posts a day sometimes. I must have been mad! Is it not some sort of bizarre obsession when a person tries to convince a Mario Apuzzo, Esq. or edge919 of the error of their ways? Or even worse, does a non-masochistic person dare read the scribblings of Butterdezillion??? She evokes images of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos wherein Butterdezillion plays the role of Abdul Alhazrad, the Mad Arab, and all who read her words are driven to suicide or insanity.
So, anyway I took a long break. I knew that I was cured when I could no longer remember the name of the goofy navy guy who was Apuzzo’s client. BTW, which means “by the way”, “Apuzzo” is a name which would fit nicely into a Lovecraft setting. Maybe something like this:
The Old One was named Apuzzo, a hideous giant toad-slug hybrid which slithered and slurped it way down the ivied wall of Miskatonic University’s legal library, taking its own sweet time and devouring some random tidbit from each legal tome, and then regurgitating the digested words in a vomitous mulch, random and meaningless and . . .
Oops, I digress. Anyway, today, knowing that I was once again mentally healthy, I looked up Apuzzo’s blog and found the missing name which my mind had hidden away in an effort to protect my sanity – – –Kerchner! So, I will sally forth (or should it be Squeeky forth???) once again into the breach. This time I will restrict myself to one post per day or less. And I will get exercise. And eat plenty of vegetables.
Sooo, have I missed anything???