2016年7月5日 星期二

expediency, scapegoat, sissy, productive, counterproductive, inhuman

“There is no peace and no rest in the development of material interests. They have their law, and their justice. But it is founded on expediency, and is inhuman; it is without rectitude, without the continuity and the force that can be found only in a moral principle.” 
―from NOSTROMO


I thought the President’s last State of the Union address was appropriately thoughtful, and his warnings particularly apt: “As frustration [with our system] grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don’t look like us, or pray like us, or vote like we do, or share the same background,” he said. “We can’t afford to go down that path. It won’t deliver the economy we want, or the security we want, but most of all, it contradicts everything that makes us the envy of the world.” A bit later: “When politicians insult Muslims . . . that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world.”
Trump didn’t invent the art of using the economic insecurities of a majority to scapegoat a minority.




Every financial meltdown prompts a hunt for scapegoats. In the wake of the most recent one, calls to reform accounting have grown particularly loud, and action is on the way. But for all the heated debate over changes, any improvement is likely to be modest http://econ.st/1d1glci
 The “American-written” Constitution — recently labeled by Ishihara as “ugly” — is a convenient scapegoat for and distraction from the country’s pressing challenges. But avoiding debate about it might be counterproductive. A Constitution, in the words of the scholar Takii Kazuhiro, is not just a legal document, but the very “shape of the nation.”


Don't be a sissy: Be productive and result-oriented.



expediency

Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspiːdɪənsi/ 
 /ɛkˈspiːdɪənsi/ 


NOUN

[MASS NOUN]
The quality of being convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or immoral; convenience:an act of political expediency

scapegoat

Syllabification: (scape·goat)
Pronunciation: /ˈskāpˌgōt/
noun

  • (in the Bible) a goat sent into the wilderness after the Jewish chief priest had symbolically laid the sins of the people upon it (Lev. 16).
  • a person who is blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others, especially for reasons of expediency.

verb

[with object]
  • make a scapegoat of.
Derivatives

scapegoater
noun
scapegoating
noun

scapegoatism

Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
noun

Origin:

mid 16th century: from archaic scape 'escape' + goat


sissy
(sĭs'ē) pronunciation
n., pl., -sies.
  1. A boy or man regarded as effeminate.
  2. A person regarded as timid or cowardly.
  3. Informal. Sister.
[Diminutive of SIS .]
sissiness sis'si·ness or sis'sy·ness n.
sissy sis'sy adj.
sissyish sis'sy·ish adj.


counterproductive 

音節
còunter • prodúctive
[形]逆効果を生じる, 意に反する;非生産的な.

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