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Sunday, March 04, 2007

forgetfulness

steve martin, on SNL in 1976, along with some other gold, added some more weight to my thinking through of the forgetfulness of people.

(after telling a story about Jackie Onassis throwing food in a restaurant) Whew! You know why people can get away with stuff like that?

I'll tell you exactly why people get away with that. Because the public has a short memory. That's why all these big stars do these crazy, terrible things and two years later they're back in the biz, you know. 'Cause the public has a short memory.

Let me give you a little test, okay? This is my thesis -- the public has a short memory and, like-- How many people remember, a couple of years ago, when the Earth blew up? How many people? See? So few people remember. And you would think that something like that, people would remember. But NOOO! You don't remember that?

The Earth blew up and was completely destroyed? And we escaped to this planet on the giant Space Ark? Where have you people been?
And the government decided not to tell the stupider people 'cause they thought that it might affect-- [dawning realization, looks around] Ohhhh! Okay! Uh, let's move on!


ok, so maybe i just wanted an excuse to post some steve martin, which i got from here, but the point still stands, we're forgetful people. forgetting what the previous generations have tried, the mistakes our parents made - isn't the point that you watch what they do so you don't fall into the same traps - because what is past is past, we've moved on since then.

i'll write some more about this another time.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

The only good forgetfulness is the forgetfulness of God toward the sins of those in Jesus (Jer 31:34; cf. Heb 8)!

8:13 pm  
Blogger Hayley said...

Thanks for the warning/reminder... we haven't changed much have we!

Deuteronomy 4:9
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.

Deuteronomy 4:23
Be careful not to forget

Deuteronomy 6:12
be careful that you do not forget

Deuteronomy 8:11
Be careful that you do not forget

Deuteronomy 8:14
then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Deut....

12:08 pm  
Blogger psychodougie said...

you guys rock.

i especially love joel 1:2-3
2 Hear this, you elders;
give ear, all inhabitants of the land!
Has such a thing happened in your days,
or in the days of your fathers?
3 Tell your children of it,
and let your children tell their children,
and their children to another generation.

ie, remember this thing. like, really, you know, like, don't just say you will, but do and stuff, coz it's one of those one-of things that you should really really remember. so you'll remember? good.

remember what?

4:33 pm  
Blogger Drew said...

Sorry, what was it you said?

:)

1:43 pm  
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