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Cliche response

Kathy Shaidle offers some good writing advice on avoiding cliches and well-worn aphorisms–advice that I admit I could stand to take a little more to heart myself. Or, umm, a lot. Anyways, in the course of it, she throws this in:

Some of my “favorites” made the list — like “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” As one wise fellow noted:

Plenty of good men have vigorously stood up to evil men, and lost. In the 20th century alone, there are mass graves full of principled, courageous men that fought the good fight and were murdered for doing so, while their opponents died comfortable in their own beds, achieving all their goals. Lenin died of natural causes, while the White forces were murdered en masse. Stalin killed more people than Hitler ever dreamed of, and not only died a peaceful death, but had monuments and temples built to his memory for decades to come.

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph” is for bad men to win. And it happens. The slogan makes it sound like if you just stand up, bam, evil loses. Reality doesn’t work like that.

Pretty danged timely and worthy of note, if you ask me.


2 thoughts on “Cliche response

  1. I disagree. When evil outnumbers good then evil wins. “Plenty” doesn’t mean “enough”. Today, in 2013, the biggest problem is that too many good people don’t stand up because they have no frigging clue what’s going on thanks to the media. Evil in charge outnumbers a multitude of the uninformed, stupid, and cowardly. We need more Andrew Breitbart’s. And Kathy Shaidle’s. And Cold Fury’s. And Bob Owns’. One Ed Morrissey wipes out a hundred true conservates.

  2. I would like to add another paraphrase of a thoughtful quote. This is posted at Mudville Gazette and while true, my paraphrase is equally true. “Good people sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” I say “Bad people also sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” The question is whose rough men will prevail? In my opinion, the rough men of the bad people ordinarily prevail. History supports my argument. Only the US in all human history has been different and we are frantically trying to reverse that unnatural scenario today.

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