July 28, 2003

"Stages of truth" and "Stages of lawsuit?"

There's a famous quote

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer

I was thinking today there's perhaps a corresponding three stages of free-speech lawsuit:

  1. First, I'll be told I won't get sued
  2. Second, when I'm sued, I'll be told I won't lose
  3. Third, finally, I'll be told that if I wasn't willing to be sued and lose, I shouldn't have done the work at all.

Update: A snappier way of saying the above three stages of truth:

1. Ridiculous, 2. Dangerous, 3. Obvious

And three stages of lawsuit:

1. Won't sue, 2. Won't lose, 3. All your fault

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in activism , quotes | on July 28, 2003 11:58 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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