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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Update: Life... is a sexually transmitted disease.

>> Yep it is.

I've gotten a few queries as to the rather pessimistic view of life from a few quarters, and I'd like to perhaps shed a bit of light as to that little quote on the subject title:

I like to think of that quote as an ironic little bit of oxymoron. For those of you wondering what the heck an oxymoron is; its a rhetorical figure/ phrase in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined; i.e. stationary automobile. In this case, the contradictory terms would be 'life' and 'disease'.

Then again, the little quote is also true. Natural procreation of life would be done via intercourse; i.e. 'sexually transmitted'. The word 'disease' merely 'completes' it (or complement, if you will).

Another alternative to its pessimistic tone could probably lie in the fact that I had found the quote inscribed on a toilet wall. I leave it to you people to figure out what could have happened in there that inspired the quote.

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