Clarity of explanation and thought and its relationship to actual knowledge and understanding

Over time I have come to realize that you can decipher how well a person understands a topic by how simply and clearly they explain it. They know how to go from points A, to B, to C, and so on. That does not necessarily mean, however, that they are unaware of the nuances or are unable to delve into them. They simply possess a clarity of thought and aptly demonstrate it.

But there are also those with a particular disposition that causes them to either rule out topics as being “too complicated” for their audience or habitually goes from points A, to G2, to B1, to C4, to X, and so on, to make their point. I suspect the latter individuals don’t actually know what they’re talking about and try to hide it behind a continuous barrage of blather in hopes of beating their audience into mental submission.

I am afraid that, quite often, I fall into this latter category. Whenever I say that something is really complicated or explain something in a very convoluted way (as I’ve described above), it is probably a dead giveaway that I don’t know what I’m talking about.

I dreamt of Bad Religion and Taco Bell

Bad Religion and Taco BellI remember that shortly after Bad Religion had signed to Atlantic Records years ago, I had a dream (a nightmare, really) that Bad Religion had started doing Taco Bell commercials. I don’t think I could have imagined anything more upsetting to me at the time.

Fashion magazines

Why the hell do we pay for fashion magazines? Don’t advertisements make up, like, ninety-percent of the content? I know magazines are very expensive to produce and that advertisers are the only reason why these things are able to be printed in the first place, but, honestly, should we feel good about paying five bucks to look at a bunch of ads — ads that compel us to buy more stuff? That’s just weird.