Now then… I can magically talk about Mark Twain on an anime website because did you know that Mr. Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was in an anime from 1985? Ever hear of Dagger of Kamui? This is a great ninja, or samurai film that is like an art house presentation posing as a run of the mill shonen fighting movie. The hero, Jiro, once he makes it to the United States meets Mr. Twain. And yes this film is set in the 19th century so it is accurate… well as accurate as anime can be.
So much of what Mark Twain said has meaning even today. Let’s now examine what he said about lies. Now for a personal bias, this is without question my favorite quote of all time, period! I often rhetorically speak it in my everyday affairs to the point I often wonder if it is myself, lol. We shall examine it below with special attention to the bold section…
Figures often beguile me, he wrote, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
In today’s climate there are so many lies, too many damned lies and a disgusting amount of statistics in our everyday speech and especially in the media. Inspect any fact with a grain of salt, it could be a lie. And the same applies towards any statistic. Have skepticism for any number because they don’t have meaning in and of themselves (except in numerology), but are instead abstract symbols that can be interpreted any number of ways by being products of very clever addition or subtraction.