"All truth passes through 3 stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
Arthur Schopenhauer
(1788-1860) German philosopher
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Sometimes, not always. The same can be said of lies, philosophies, etc. - sometimes, not always.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- jim k, austin      
    I like this quote, it goes with the three laws of communication: "Tell 'em what you are going to tell 'em, tell 'em, and tell 'em that you told 'em". I can think of two instances to prove Schopenhauer. Reagan and Bush apposed the Brady Bill for a long time maybe six years or so. When Bill Clinton signed it they well yeah it is just common sense and Reagan added something to the effect that Californina had already had a similar state law. (Bill Clinton remarked how they had opposed it while they were in the People's House and he was the only Prez who had the balls to do something about it, when he could.) The Brady Bill it would seem went through a few more than three stages of revelation before being passed but I hope you see my point. Bush II and his hangers-on have RIDICULED and OPPOSED the thesis of climate change and is slowly passing through the stage of eureka or SELF-EVIDENCE.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
     -- RobertSRQ     
    Funny! Only Waffler would use this quote to further his own political beliefs. I have no doubt that science will (and currently does) disprove the Apocalyptic predictions of Algore, Inc. In the 70s Time and Newsweek hailed the coming Ice Age to last for possibly thousands of years -- isn't anyone happy now that mankind has stopped it? ;-) Junk science never lasts -- the truth always remains. Is pollution bad? YES. Is there 'climate change'? Duh. Is the Earth warming? Yes -- ever since the last Ice Age -- when it stops, then you can worry. Can man change the weather? Let's hope not!! As far as I can tell, globalists are not trying to save human lives -- they are trying to reduce them -- quickly and by whatever means possible. Such arrogance is ridiculed, opposed and will ultimately be shown to be self-evident BS. Algore has made MILLIONS of dollars from this presentation -- and he uses more energy in a single month than most of us use in 5 years. If that isn't deserving of ridicule, I don't know what is. Algore is not Galileo -- he isn't even trained in meteorology nor has he ANY degrees in scientific study. His arrogance and hypocrisy are self-evident. Truth is not decided by popularity -- that is why it is relatively unknown.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Archer I did not promote any politcal beliefs, I only pointed out two examples of creeping or apparently creeping truths whcih attest to what the quote is saying. You on the other hand, you on the other hand leave us flabergasted with your politcal harangue.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    According to Archer the popularity of an idea directly correlates to it being a lie. Truth directly correlates to its degree of obscurity. Thus ultimate truth is ensconced in Archer himself. His argument or discussion flies in the face of the advancing light doctrine and of the slow but progressive enlightenmnet that Schopenhauer is espousing. Archers philosophy of the truth being relatively unknown is the hypocrisy and arrogance of the know it all dictator.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    My hairs are raised along my spine. Its visceral. Looking at it from political prism, right now here in AK everybody is tad upset with media and lower 48 politics because all the fuss about Ted. Soon enough, people will be furiously opposing any kind of validation of the truth, then when the historians will look back, they will see and say, "oh of course, its quiet evident, bridge to no where, GIVE ME A BREAK!?!?!?"
     -- RKA, Wasilla, AK     
    The most repeated lie is that government spends money. Why should they spend money when everyone will risk their lives for credit and the Fed said that their system "works only with credit?" WHY will no one accept my offer of 100 pounds of money for just describing the money that government spends? Credit exists only in the mind. They must control the minds of most to work all of us with credit. Don't most berlieve the lie that government spends money? www.morpix.biz/dc
     -- Anonymous     
    More applicable to lies I would say.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    The thesis of climate change is just that. It is unnecessary. Climate has been changing as long as there has been one. It will continue to change regardless of what we do to try to control it. The process of the three steps with climate change hysteria has been: 1. accepted as truth. Then 2. Opposed. Now 3. Ridiculed. The inventor of the model that started the whole hubbub has concluded that the model does not apply. He has been searching for a correlation between the model he created and our atmospheric conditions and has come to the conclusion that there is nothing going on. Global warming's inventor is now one of your Global warming deniers. Only the fools and idiots are still clinging to the broken theory. Face it giving up on a theory that you have devised is very hard to do and many of the original advocates are doing just that. The warming trend that was thought to be happening has been in reverse since 1998. In spite of the fact that 2 of the stations contributing data have been shut down by the Russians. These were 2 of the lowest average temps that were being put into the data and no compensation was done to the model to take into account for the missing data skewing the result. Even when a few so called scientists were caught having moved the temperature probes to roof tops next to AC exhausts to try to skew the data upwards it didn't help keep the temps up. The only science left is the science of propaganda.
     -- warren, olathe     
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