Wednesday, April 17, 2013

deep thoughts

Here is a simple formula for profound and evocative statements.  Take a statement expressing a generalization and swap the narrower instance with the larger class to form the converse.  The first statement can be trivial, while the second statement can inspire a distant squint and a slow, savory nod of deep understanding. 

Every bus stop is a place to wait.  Every place to wait is a bus stop.

Every bowl of soup is a meal.  Every meal is a bowl of soup.

Every poem is a group of words.  Every group of words is a poem.

Every shark is a fish.  Every fish is a shark.

Try it.

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