Friday, August 22, 2008

Quousque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra

I tried to watch this apparently relevant-to-my-interests video. You know what? I can't get past the four minute mark.

I don't understand why giving a speech always has to be such a self-indulgent affair. How in love with the sound of your own voice do you have to be to prattle on like literally everyone does when making a public presentation?

When you're up in front of a crowd, you have a responsibility to say only things that will be relevant to that crowd. Anything else is a waste of their time and ultimately reflects your own inflated ego. Your words are interesting only insofar as they can convey information about something or trace the outlines of an argument that will lead to something important. Anything else you say, with the exception of a very brief allotment for formalities, is worthless. If you are saying one worthless thing, your listener naturally suspects everything you say.

This post should make it clear why Clarence Thomas deserves some respect. After having read briefs, he doesn't need to hear his own brilliant intellect asking puny lawyers questions to make up his mind.


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