|But here is a Literary Metaphor to ponder:|
Early in James M. Cain's 1934 novel The Postman Always Rings Twice is a description which has stuck in my mind for years. Finally I got a copy of the book, to re-read the passage.
For those not familiar with the book, a drifter, Frank Chambers, washes up at the Twin Oaks Tavern, a diner/filling station owned and operated by Nick Papadakis and his wife Cora.
Frank stays to work at the filling station. One day the sign blows down. Frank tells Nick the sign isn't worth fixing, it's old-fashioned, inadequate. He needs a new sign, neon, not bulbs, and it should not merely illuminate the name "Twin Oaks" but also the word "Tavern", to invite travelers in to eat.
Nick thinks about it, and comes back with an idea for a new sign:
But pretty soon he was back, with a piece of paper. He had drew a new sign for himself, and colored it up with red,white, and blue crayon. It said Twin Oaks Tavern, and Eat, and Bar-B-Q and Sanitary Rest Rooms, and N. Papadakis, Prop.
Nick goes to Los Angeles, 20 miles away, to get the new sign made. While he is gone, Frank and Cora go at it like rabbits. When Nick returns later in the day, he is angry with Frank, but not because he suspects what was going on in his absence:
But the real reason he was sore at me was over the sign. He had fallen for it so hard he was afraid I would say it was my idea, stead of his. It was such a hell of sign they couldn't get it done for him that afternoon. It took them three days, and when it was ready I went in and got it and hung it up. It had on it all that he had drew on the paper, and a couple of other things besides. It had a Greek flag and an American flag, and hands shaking hands, and Satisfaction Guaranteed. It was all in red, white, and blue Neon letters, and I waited until dark to turn on the juice. When I snapped the switch, it lit up like a Christmas tree.
...A graphic designer's worst nightmare. No wonder it was banned in Boston.
And here are the principles I live by
1. "In the long run, we're all dead. Exercise will not change this. It will only get your body's hopes up."
- John Maynard Keynes
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, 1936
2. The best defense against logic is ignorance.
3. Ubi non accusator, ubi non judex
The TSO fortune database translates this as:
"Where there are no police, there is no speed limit."
4. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.
And here's a great quote I don't want to lose:
" It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them."
- Mark Twain