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[–]happysmash27 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

TIL infamy is apparently a word for a bad thing rather than honorable?

[–]magnora7 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yes. It's related to the word "infamous" which means someone who is famous because of their evil.

[–]PikonParadox[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

According to Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries, it is the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed. I think it has a reasonable relation with notorious and dishonourable, if not the same. According to Wordweb, it means a state of extreme dishonour or evil fame.

[–]magnora7 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

"You're either with us or against us" are the words of a tyrant trying to generate more supporters, in my opinion.

The idea neutral can't exist, is exactly what those who thrive on conflict want us to believe. They create both "sides" and you are forced to pick one, and thus are controlled by the mainstream regardless of which of the two pre-defined options you select.

They fear nothing more than you finding out a new ideological route toward truth that isn't controlled. That's why Jesus was such a powerful figure in history, because he did exactly that.

[–]PikonParadox[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I think the emphasis is on the people who do not do anything to help anyone when there is a need. For example, if you see someone being mugged but you do not help the victim, then you are being neutral. Another similar saying is "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything".

[–]PikonParadox[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Link to the source - evolution of the phrase