Commentary from the liberterrain…
Time to take a breather from the 24/7 cable news regurgitation cycle and reflect upon these deeply meaningful philosophical insights from American culture.
“Que sera sera (Whatever will be will be)”
This is an ode to predeterminism. Makes you wonder why there’s any reason to get up in the morning if the world is already pre-programmed. But believing in predeterminism must have been predetermined, so we can’t know if it’s true or untrue. People who say, “Everything is predetermined” were predetermined to say that. And people who reject predeterminism were predetermined to reject it. Predetermination can’t be right/wrong, good/bad, true/false. It’s a nice safe know-nothing philosophy.
“When you’re hot you’re hot; when you’re not you’re not.”
Unclear whether this also means you’re warm when you’re warm, cool when you’re cool, stupid when you’re stupid, etc. It’s one of those insights that is 100% accurate in hindsight, which would be a good name for this philosophy: Hindsightism.
“It is what it is.”
This is a deeply introspective observation intrinsic to people like professional athletes who are asked complicated questions like “How does this season compare to last year?” or “Do you think your performance has improved since your last game?” It’s also commonly invoked by people interviewed after a fire has gutted their apartment complex or a tornado has ripped through their trailer park. A loose translation of this perceptive observation into common parlance might be, “I’m too dumb to think of anything original to say.”
“A is A”
This is deceptively simple. It actually means what it says, which is what makes it so incomprehensible to so many people. This is the Aristotelian/Randian/rational libertarian a priori axiomatic objective reality baseline for Life, the Universe and Everything. It means a thing is what it is regardless of any human perception to the contrary. A rock is a rock, an apple is an apple, a toad is a toad, and blithering progressive collectivist reality deniers like the Shirley MacLaine/Alec Baldwin/Barbra Streisand axis of humanity who insist that feeling good and meaning well and having lofty intentions are equivalent to actual physical positive outcomes are still blithering progressive collectivist reality deniers. Think they’d like to drive across a bridge spanning the Grand Canyon built by a surrealist relativist who “feels like” the bridge is safe?
Time’s up. Back to the cable news GERD.
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