Rule 48

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Steerpike, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    Some of the rules can be seen as funny while others can be seen as insightful.

    Rule 48 says, "The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife."

    Do you think there is anything to this or is it totally offbase and why?

    Discuss rule 48.


  2. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    The . . . rules? What rules? Am I the only nerd on here who was expecting this to be another "Rules of the Internet" thing?

    The quote seems like it came from an extreme cynic because it seems to make fact that happiness equates to potential for murder/bloodshed.
  3. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    This is from rules pertaining to acquisition.

    To answer that empirically would require answers from other "nerds on here" to the question of expectations. :D

    The quote can definitely be seen as something from a cynical point of view. Could this quote be speaking metaphorically?
  4. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    It does sound cynical when taken at face value but may have merit because (metaphorical) smiles can be disarming and I'm too sleepy to finish my train of thought
  5. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    If (metaphorical) smiles can be disarming, then what do you think rule 48 is trying to impart?
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2008
  6. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    As I read it, it warns us to the fact that we're apt to let our guard down at our peril when another person or entity (such as a country) appears to be on our side - but may not be. It's exactly like the man says in the old song "Smiling Faces Sometimes":

    I'm telling you beware, beware of the handshake
    That hides a snake
    Listen to me now,
    Beware, beware of that pat on the back
    It just might hold you back
    Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
    They don't tell the truth
    Smiling faces, smiling faces tell lies
    And I got proof

    Your enemy won't do you no harm
    Cause you'll know where he's coming from
    Don't let the handshake and the smile fool ya
    Take my advice; I'm only tryin' to school ya

    That's my interpretation, anyway. What's yours, OP?
  7. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    You are on the right track. The rules pertain to acquisition, and rule 48 can indeed be seen as a warning about those one does business with. Your read allows for wider application. Good job, TuckerGently. :)

    So does rule 48 qualify as aphorism?
  8. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    The way I've interpreted it, I think it rises to the definition. It's cautionary, pithy and short and it sounds like a jingle. If, however, the intended message is, "Disguise your rapacious intentions with a veneer of civility and the plundering will be easy," then I'd have to say that it doesn't quite qualify. Can you dig it?
  9. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    The way you interpreted it is consistent with the intent of the rules. But why couldn't it be aphorism if it was intending the other message?
  10. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    I think that it isn't one in that other interpretation because it aids and instructs in selfish acts, as opposed to being a universal truth designed to better the world as a whole or assist in the defense against a presumably bad-intentioned foe. Succinctly put, it lacks in righteousness. I'll concede the point, however, if you can cite a well-known aphorism in the same Machiavellian vein.

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