I’m a naturally gullible person, a quality my grandma exploited to the height of her satisfaction and amusement. Amazingly, although I don’t take teasing well, her exploitation never made me feel bad. Maybe it was because her attitude was never, “You are so STUPID,” it was always, “Not everybody who takes advantage of your gullibility loves you like I do, Squirt.”
I mean, believing something with insufficient proof was kind of A Bad Thing for Othello, right?, not to mention DESDEMONA.
ANYWAY, between Grandma and a couple of sayings that were common in my family, I have a somewhat jaundiced view of anybody who says, “Never mind proof; trust me.”
Even “proof” is suspect, depending on what it is and what backs up the “proof.” I mean, I seldom get political on this blog, but am I the only one who saw Colin Powell testify that we had proof of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction because some guy we were paying drew a cartoon of a truck he saw and went: Seriously?
Holy gosh, I’m getting all Dan Antion with the length of this one-liner post. 😀
Guess I’d better get to it and post a one-line. I have two today.
The first is for when people want to “prove” something by repeating what they heard other people report. When one of us would try to “prove” something by saying, “They say….”, my family would reply,
They-sayers are liars.
The other one is from my accountant mother.
Figures can’t lie, but liars can figure.
Liars figuring is what she called “creative accounting,” and she was agin it.
This post is part of Linda G. Hills weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Someone believes something with insufficient proof.