“On the street, however, in conversation, opinion writing, or the casual diagnoses of strangers, you’ll encounter a breed of hypocrite whose hypocrisy is a little less clear-cut — people who betray, unwittingly, a mismatch between their stated or implied priorities and their true, darker ones. Such hypocrites also say one thing and do another, but their inconsistencies are only disclosed on closer scrutiny. After such scrutiny is applied, however, you can tell that these hypocrites reveal, through inconsistencies and silences, a host of devious motivations, a hollow core, a desire to signal virtuousness, a need to be thought a good person, a quality of being friend to all and friend to none. These hypocrites are not merely guilty of failing to live up to their self-presentation. They lack authentic goodness, even in the absence of any failure. Hypocrisy, in these cases, is more than a vice — it’s a failure of identity.”
— From “Hypocrite” at iasc-culture.org
How many people have been on the moon?
Wisdom of the ages
“When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter.” — Winston S. Churchill
“That sound you hear from Washington, D.C., this morning is the weeping and gnashing of teeth from bureaucrats and politicians who have built the federal government into an industry on the backs of taxpayers.”— David McIntosh, the president of the Club for Growth, a conservative free-market advocacy group, on President Trump’s first proposed budget.
Only 12, Apollo mission astronauts from 1969 to 1972.
luciferous (loo-SIF-er-uhs), adj. — bringing or providing light; providing insight or enlightenment, as in: “The politician called the essay deathly dull, but the editorial writer thought it was quite luciferous.”
Today in history
On this day in 1818, Congress approved the first pensions for government service; it’s been a plum job ever since.
Now you know
Humans have more brain cells at the age of 2 than at any other time of their lives.