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56 Post author: Yvain 16 July 2011 09:00PM

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Comment author: Will_Newsome 16 July 2011 11:23:18PM *  7 points [-]

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

— "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd from the album Wish You Were Here.

Comment author: Will_Newsome 17 July 2011 01:08:38AM *  1 point [-]

(This is what I internally sing to myself whenever someone tells me they think they know what their values are. The part about trades has a hint of self-deception-induced susceptibility to Dutch books, at least in one pragmatic interpretation, though of course the lyrics are ambiguous on many levels.)