I enjoyed an entertaining exchange on a favourite point of argument this week: is it better to be constant; or constantly changing?
“There’s a simple trick to determine liberals from conservatives: Phew, someone’s figured this out. It seems that it’s all just in the words. Conservatives like to use nouns more than liberals. For example, they would tend to call people “optimists” instead of “optimistic” or an “idealist” instead of “idealistic.”
But I thought it was smarter than Fox and sent it to my ‘constant friend’ overseas. He replied:
“Why add an ic to a word when it is redundant? I’m sure there’s another research study there.”
I’m sure there is. But the difference is all the difference in the world…
Instead of being forever trapped as a relentless optimist, an unblinking idealist; a rank pessimist or a brutal realist, I’d rather enjoy moments of them all – depending on the topic, situation or theme.
I’m a liberal when if comes to character; so this week’s Fox News bulletin gives me a new campaign slogan: ‘Down with nouns.’