Automatically rejecting consensus, the popular, the mainstream does not make a person smarter than others or better than others. Such a person is just a knee-jerk contrarian, which is no more profound or insightful than being a knee-jerk conformist.
From this Archon’s Den post:
Some people are like clouds….
….When they go away, it’s a beautiful day.
Of course, that reminds me of this line from Oscar Wilde: “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”
More from the aforementioned post:
Cows eat grass….
….Therefore a steak is plant-based meat.
Hamburger helper only works….
….if the hamburger is willing to admit it needs help.
I used to live hand to mouth….
….but cutlery changed my life.
I can’t even be bothered….
….to be apathetic these days.
On this day in 1896 the United States Patent Office issued Patent No. 558,393 to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg of Battle Creek, Michigan for “flaked cereal, and process of making same.” The patent applied to all types of grains.
I have long been a big fan of Corn Flakes, or as I often pronounce them–inexplicably–Corn Flah-kes, and other breakfast cereals. Right now, as I prepare for my next HbA1C test, I am sticking to regular Cheerios, which are not flakes, of course.
I could not even begin to estimate how many bowls of cereal I have consumed in my life. I know I have asked this question before in this venue, but how many of you are still consuming breakfast cereal on a regular basis and what are your favorites?
Above is a photo of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg.
From Exotic Car List comes a list of the ten best exotic cars for sale in 2023. Given my recent purchase I thought I would show this one; the picture is from the company’s website.
That is a Maserati MC20 (duh!). I REALLY like these cars, but–sadly–it is highly unlikely I will ever own one. Despite the popularity of the C8 Corvette, I think the MC20 and most mid-engine cars have a better exterior design.
The MC20 is powered by a 3-liter/183 cubic-inch (have to keep Bill Stephens happy) twin-turbo V-6 that produces 621 HP/538 LB-FT of torque. Supposedly, the base price is under a quarter of a million dollars, but I have not seen any at the local Maserati dealership offered at less than $280,000, even used.
The MC20 would be a strong candidate for my Ultimate Garage 4.0, although it is highly unlikely that iteration will ever be published. It is, however, a possible purchase if my wonderful wife and I win a large lottery jackpot. Of course, that event has even a lower probability.
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Cereal: I too have consumed copious amounts of this breakfast food over my many years. Nowadays, about once a week I’ll have a bowl of bran flakes with non-fat milk. Store brand flakes are okay with me. My other cereal of choice is the aforementioned Cheerios, the original type. General Mills keeps adding more and more varieties of Cheerios. Too many choices befuddle my brain. The original works for me and it is heart healthy. My other choices for breakfast are homemade muffin and egg sandwiches with a sausage patty, fried egg and cheese. Mine look like MickeyD’s, even up to the round egg, patty and cheese; BUT mine are better because my sausage is Jimmy Dean’s seasoned by me. Other choices for breakfast include a three egg omelette with sausage crumbles, green onions and cheese or spam and scrambled eggs. And the omelette and scrambled eggs are of course splashed with at least two types of hot sauce. NOW I’m hungry so it is off the computer and into the kitchen. And today’s choice is…….
I make it a practice to not automatically reject popular consensus. Only after reasoned thought based on principles do I reject what others consider popular. And that reasoned thought includes a very healthy dose of historical fact.
Many thanks, Philip.
I don’t think anyone should automatically agree with popular consensus, either. I just don’t think it’s a good idea to live life on autopilot or by rote.
“Automatically rejecting consensus, the popular, the mainstream does not make a person smarter than others or better than others.”
First time I heard this song, I thought the writer had read my mind.
Thanks for sharing, DDM.
Been a long time since I listened to Jerry Jeff. I like his “Pickup Truck Song”.
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