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  •  Thoughtful analysis. (19+ / 0-)

    Even cliches have some value since they originate in truth, usually partial or half-truths, and if one can't find more precise or fresher language they lend themselves to a conception or emotion that might not otherwise be readily available.

    But more often they lend themselves to the avoidance and substitution for thought that action should require or quite often I think as a substitution for genuine emotion when one believes that it's required but doesn't feel it.

    They can also lead to jingoism, as is most likely the case above.  Your analysis of the absurdity is very much on point.

    Cliches and cliched thinking, everpresent in society, took a major leap during the Bushco years and it's spread since then, especially with its amenability in creating propaganda and attempting thought control, usually the dismissal of analytical or reflective thought in understanding and problem-solving.  Though hardly new, like so many other conventions, I think that they've taken a considerable leap in the last decade, including conversation here.

    “April is the cruellest month, breeding/ Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/ Memory and desire, stirring/ Dull roots with spring rain." T.S. Eliot

    by blueoasis on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 04:43:29 AM PDT

    •  Cliches and Labels (2+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, blueoasis

      Clichés are a lot like labels.  My Dad used to say "Labels are something we use so that we don't have to think."  In some cases, this can be very helpful  A label on a can of spinach or a bottle of pills can save us a lot of time and grief trying to figure out what's inside; having labels on the equipment at work helps me to learn what everything is for and do my job more quickly.

      But you can slap a label on anything, and the label is not always appropriate.  There are times when we really do need to think about things, and replacing the thought process to arrive at a conclusion with a convenient shortcut bypasses that process and prevents us from maybe arriving at a different conclusion.

      When I see religious people doing this kind of thing, I call it "Bumper Sticker Theology", but we see it in politics all the time:  the reduction of an important idea to a catchy phrase designed to fit on a car's bumper between the "I (heart) My (dog head)" and the "My Other Car's A Velocipede" stickers.

      And come to think of it, bumper stickers really are labels.  So there you are.

      "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

      by quarkstomper on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:39:17 PM PDT

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