Francois de Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) wrote a book of aphorisms – one liners,which explored the difference between what people say, and what they mean. His tone is sardonic, dissecting the hypocrisies of his time.
I have tried to follow in his footsteps.
1.The needs of the one are always more important than the needs of the many.
2.Yesterday can teach us nothing, neither can tomorrow.
3.We have forced our children into early adulthood, while we return to infancy ourselves.
4.True wisdom comes from the realisation there is no wisdom to be found.
5.Free from the shackles of organised religion, we have nowhere to go.
6.Sex is just a phase.
7.Those who look for “emotional moments” are themselves incapable of true emotion.
8.We have never been so open about sexuality as we are now, or so closed against the knowledge of death.
9.Of all sexual choices, straight is the most beige.
11.All cyclists are saints. They are saving the planet.
12.They have right of way everywhere, apart from cycle lanes.
13.A cyclist may use their phone,take their hands off the handlebars,eat a tub of yoghourt, or read a book while travelling.
Car drivers may do none of these.
14.Selfies reassure us we are still alive.
15.Airbrushed into anonymity, our faces mask what we try to reveal.
16.The wider our network of contacts, the more we are convinced that we are missing something.
17.Through Instagram, we have outsourced our memories.
18.Everything on Twitter is true. But only for one day.
19.We can communicate with anyone on the planet, but many of us have forgotten the use of a pen.
20.Incapable of expressing our feelings in words, we use…..imogees.