This morning perhaps we will try to dig a little deeper and pull out some aphorisms we haven't re-repeated on multiple occasions.
Then again, why do we repeat them? You can't criticize someone for insisting that 2 + 2 = 4, so long as there are people -- especially people who want to run your life! -- who argue otherwise: "Okay, we get it. Now say something more novel and interesting, like 2 + 2 = 5, or 17, or pi, or black lives matter, or Biden wins, ANYTHING BUT FOUR!!!"
Well, first of all,
He who does not doubt does not shout.
But if we repeat ourselves, it is for a number of sound reasons, such as
Truth is never a definitive conquest. It is always a position that has to be defended.
Man soon releases the truths that he catches, as if they were burning his hand.
Strictly speaking, it is in reiterating the old commonplaces that the work of civilization consists.
Moreover In certain eras, -- especially the present era -- the intelligence has to devote itself merely to restoring definitions. Why "especially"? Well, was there ever a previous era that not only pretended 2 + 2 ≠ 4, but that believing in the correct answer makes one a fascist? Or fourscist?
Even the sophists with whom Socrates socratized weren't fascists, just nihilists. Even they weren't so bold as to say, as does the contemporary left, that THERE IS NO TRUTH, AND WE POSSESS IT! Or they say, "hands off my body!" But you never hear them say "hands out of my mind!"
Why is that? Well, for a materialist, only matter is real. Which is of course a nonsense statement, being that any statement is immaterial. Nevertheless, never, ever, expect a leftist to be intellectually consistent, or you are entering a world of pain. Come to think of it,
Intelligent discussion should be reduced to clarifying divergences.
Calmly, openly, dispassionately, disinterestedly. In other words, not in a newsroom or a university campus, of all places!
Back to those good ol' truths:
Nothing is more outdated at any moment than yesterday’s novelty.
Common sense is the father’s house to which philosophy returns, every so often, feeble and emaciated.
Four or five invulnerable philosophical propositions allow us to make fun of the rest.
Intelligence has the capacity to discover new truths by rediscovering old truths.