Just opened my fortune cookie that came with our Chinese takeout tonight. Here’s the text of the fortune:
“All truth goes through three steps: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed.”
That was it. End of fortune. It struck me as funny that there is no third step listed on the fortune. The third step may be some variation on “Third, it is recognized as truth,” but perhaps not. Perhaps the fortune indicates some existential something or other is at work that prevents us from knowing “The [absolute] Truth”.
The fortune also reminds me of two things. One of them is some Monty Python thing, I can’t remember which sketch, but it has to do with there being “No Third Thing”. I think it might be part of the instructions for the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch in Holy Grail, but I’m not quite sure. The other thing it reminds me of is Zaphod Beeblebrox’s dismissive line, “What is truth, man?”
I notice that there was nothing in there about the hellish time I’m having right now getting my doctor’s office to properly call in a prescription to the pharmacy for me. I needed it by yesterday, so I started trying to get it done when my doctor had to leave just before my appointment last week. I have asked for the refill one time in person and twice over the phone so far. I’m thinking it will be another 3 or 4 calls tomorrow before I can get it sorted out. All because the office didn’t do what the doctor has done for two solid years and call it for no substitutions since the generic does icky things to me when I take it.
By the way, The Husband just showed me his fortune from said Chinese takeout:
“A kiss makes the heart young again and wipse out the years.”
Yes, the fortune did misspell wipes. Hopefully that wasn’t really my fortune and years shall pass before I get the correct medication!
[Note: Within an hour of writing this post, the pharmacy found and fixed my prescription, which made me very happy!]