Look, it’s important that you understand this: it is actually IMPOSSIBLE to get a myth wrong. It really is.
Presenting: a useful tip regarding the silencer (more accurately known as the ‘suppressor’ – blame Hollywood).
Since it seems like a lot of people are complaining of lost nostril piercings lately, The Centre Cannot Hold is proud to offer this guide to the most common ways such losses occurs, in the hope that this will make them easier to avoid:
Before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight: the title of this piece is incorrect in every conceivable manner save one: it’s analogy to “might makes right”, and the self-justifying arrogance embodied in that belief.
Being right – saying or thinking the right things (whatever your particular sphere of political belief defines as “right”) – does not automatically your actions right. But it’s truly amazing how many people seem to believe it does. There are true believers in this one at both ends of the political spectrum, from the left-wing hypocrites who think that being morally right excuses vandalism to the right-wing hypocrites who believe in the Ten Commandments, but only for everyone else.
There’s a particular style of political activism that distinguishes itself by thinking that being morally right means that your actions are, by definition, moral. Whatever they might be. So it’s okay to, for example, kill people in order to prevent the “murder” of abortion; or to provoke the police by every means up to and including physical violence, and then scream that it’s “police brutality”.
If you’re going to go around telling people that you’re right, and you know what’s best for them, and so on, get a clue: saying this sort of thing means you should be held to a higher standard of moral conduct, not a lower one.
This applies to you whether you’re a cop or a protester; whether you’re Richard Dawkins or Pope Benedict. If you’re right, then don’t tell us: show us.
It seems to me that sometimes, our American cousins are utterly bewildered and confuzzled by certain terms in common use in other English dialects. One of the more notable examples of this is the word wanker.