Unicorns in Your Shoes

I got a chuckle when this particular meme hit my Twitter feed this week. Just so the web-crawlers get the full text:

You’re allowed to believe in a god.

You’re allowed to believe unicorns live in your shoes, for all I care. But the day you start telling me how to wear my shoes so I don’t upset the unicorns, I have a problem with you. The day you start involving the unicorns in making decisions for this country, I have a big problem with you.

Matthew Shultz

This meme employs a literary device that I have always liked, but for which I do not have a proper term to describe. I think of it as the noun-swap: exchanging ‘god’ for ‘unicorns’. People have poor logic circuits, and they are often overwhelmed by associations. They cannot follow lines of reasoning if the subject is embedded with sacred dimensionality. But if you swap the nouns to something else, you dislocate the argument from the exception clauses many people might otherwise grant. It can help jail-break the logic from someone’s sacred fog.

My favorite line in this meme was:

…the day you start telling me how to wear my shoes so I don’t upset the unicorns, I have a problem with you.

Comments

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  2. Dear Matt,

    In your quoting Matthew Shultz’s words for the last time, I notice that the word “big” has been omitted. One may wonder and ask, “Why?”

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    • Hi, SoundEagle 🙂 I arrived here from investigating the Easter infographic you incorporated into your recent Easter post.

      From one pendant to another: I could be wrong, but I don’t believe the word ‘big’ has been omitted here at all. The last quote only includes the middle section:

      You’re allowed to believe in a god.

      You’re allowed to believe unicorns live in your shoes, for all I care. But the day you start telling me how to wear my shoes so I don’t upset the unicorns, I have a problem with you. The day you start involving the unicorns in making decisions for this country, I have a big problem with you.

      Want some rope? 😉

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      • Dear Colin,

        Thank you. I was referring to Matthew Shultz’s phrase “I have a big problem with you”.

        As you can see in the pictorial quote at the start of this post, the word “big” is present, capitalized, italicized and underlined.

        This is followed by two textual quotes, both ending with the said phrase. The first one contains the word “big” and the second one does not.

        Thank you for visiting and commenting on my special Easter post entitled “Easter in Modern Multimedia Perspective” at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/easter-in-modern-multimedia-perspective/

        Please be informed that the post contains advanced styling and multimedia components plus animations. In general, it is highly recommended to read my posts and pages directly at my blog so that you will be able to see and experience all of the refined and glorious details, including the animations that I have been working on till very late at night for the last few days. These animations will only be visible when you visit my blog and view its contents in situ. Hence, it is prudent to refrain from viewing my blog in the WordPress Reader, which tends to ignore or strip away some styling and formatting components, and also fails to display animations, all of which are aplenty in my posts and pages, which will look very different and even improper or amiss in the WordPress Reader.

        May you have a lovely week!

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      • No rope is necessary, for the Unicorn needs to be untethered.

        For Matt and Colin:

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      • Dear Matt and Colin:

        The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341–270 BC) stated the following with the Unicorn’s passions and blessings:

        Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
        Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
        Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
        Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

        If God is unable to prevent evil, then he is not all-powerful.
        If God is not willing to prevent evil, then he is not all-good.
        If God is both willing and able to prevent evil, then why does evil exist?

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