Relevance is Relative

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“One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.”

“One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

What one person finds relevant, another finds irrelevant. In other words, relevance is not absolute. Relevance is relative.

Let’s take Donald Trump as an example. Donald Trump is a liar. That is an absolute, indisputable truth. Yet to many people — to too many people — the fact that he is a liar is irrelevant. It’s not that they don’t know that he’s a liar. They do. It’s just that they don’t really care. They are not bothered by his lying. To his supporters, his being a liar is irrelevant.

To others, me included, Donald Trump’s lying is highly relevant. It means that you can’t trust anything that he says (or tweets) to be the truth. And he’s the President of the United States.

Some people claim that all politicians lie, so the fact that Trump lies is irrelevant. They point to Obama’s promise that “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” as the illustration of a lying president. Yet most people under Obamacare were able to keep their doctors. I was.

But everyone knows that Mexico is not going to pay for “the wall.” Most people, even Donald Trump, know that Russia interfered in last year’s presidential election. Most people don’t think that climate change is a hoax.

But to Trump supporters, it just doesn’t matter. To them, it’s irrelevant. Because relevance is relative.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “irrelevant.”

6 thoughts on “Relevance is Relative

  1. Michael September 23, 2017 / 8:34 am

    I’m not a religous man but I’ll give you an amen for that!

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong September 23, 2017 / 10:35 am

    We need to develop a test for lie levels. You know. Little teeny no-big-deal lies (“We can’t make it to dinner, we don’t feel well.” Medium lies (“All I care about is that you are happy.”) And blatant factual lies that any idiot can see without research. You get points per lie.

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  3. newepicauthor September 23, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Nothing is held at the same value by everyone, as we all have priorities that are tailored to us as individuals.

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  4. baddadcartoons101 September 23, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Unfortunately, the people who would find this post irrelevant don’t read anything that won’t fit in a tweet or on a bumper sticker (Trump included)

    Liked by 1 person

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