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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Denials

Some people deny the problem even exists, which is itself a problem, but some people deny that anyone denies the problem.  We can't deny that.  If you deny that you deny a problem on the basis there is no problem to deny, then you're just part of the problem.  The problem of denial is not the same as the denial of the problem, but the problem is that denial of the problem can be as big a problem as the problem of denial in the first place, or possibly the other way around.  This is a something no one can deny, and yet they do.  Are you beginning to see the size of the problem we face?

Mark Twain famously said, "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."  But this is something we must deny.  First off, Denial is not a river in Egypt.  Perhaps he had it confused with the Nile, which is a river, or else the Sebennytic, which is another river in Egypt, although not as famous.  But on top of that, Mark Twain never said that, although the quotation is famous precisely because he did say it, because Twain knew too much about Egyptian rivers to make a careless error like that with their names.  He's more likely to have said, "Romance ain't just a city in Arkansas," because whereas Romance really is a city in Arkansas, there is no such river as Denial, as far as I can tell.

So we can deny that Mark Twain said, "Romance ain't just a city in Arkansas," but we can't deny that it actually is, but we can deny that Mark Twain ever said, "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt," as well as that there really is a river in Egypt named Denial or ever was one.

And yet people still deny it.

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