So I probably bungled the last post. John Bauman makes the excellent point that “These rants are today’s poetry. Okay, we still have poetry too. But I don’t think these rants are meant to be exact with their language. They’re broad. They’re general. They’re akin to preaching, not to teaching. In anticipation of having such a rant exegeted, there’s always an implied “You know what I meant” attached.” It certainly seems like this is how it was taken by just about every commenter on every blog or facebook page the quote has been posted (Not an exhaustive survey, but over 100 blog comments, and about the same on facebook). The poetic truth of the affirmation obviously trumps the dubious poetic license. I guess the poetic intention is just more interesting than anything literal.
Here’s Bugs Bunny laying on some poetic justice:
Who asks for a knock on the head when they can imagine they are being offered sugar?