Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Definition of Definition

"Ooh, she's pretty hot," Jon whistled.

"Nah, you wouldn't like her, Mr. Secular; she's Mormon," Ben remorselessly shot down.

"Really? Damn." Jon sighed. "That's too bad. But you know, if you think about it, if you discount the fact that she's a Mormon then she's not religious at all."

"What!?" Ben perplexed. "That doesn't make any sense. It's like saying that Republicans are just Democrats who aren't!"

"Exactly! So what's the difference?"

"No, I was being facetious to make a point. They're not the same at all."

"They're only different in how they're defined."

"Ignoring the definition of definition, nothing means anything and anything can mean nothing!"

"Now you're getting it. And so nothing means everything and everything means nothing."

"No!" Ben exclaimed. "Just... no!"

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