Dont Take Anything Seriously

If some slapstick prophet of our times were to announce to his disheveled flock the maxim don’t take anything seriously, there would be some that would take this maxim itself seriously.

To counter this, a second maxim might be introduced thus: don’t take “don’t take anything seriously” seriously but then there would be some that would take this maxim itself seriously.

To counter this…, and so on and so forth, until we wind up with something that looks like this:

dont take anything seriously
dont take "dont take anything seriously" seriously
dont take 'dont take "dont take anything seriously" seriously' seriously
dont take "dont take 'dont take "dont take anything seriously" seriously' seriously"
   » seriously
dont take 'dont take "dont take 'dont take "dont take anything seriously" seriously'
   » seriously" seriously' seriously
dont take "dont take 'dont take "dont take 'dont take "dont take anything seriously"
   » seriously' seriously" seriously' seriously" seriously
seriously

and goes on forever.

The above recursive exposition can be generated using the following Java code.

public class Seriously {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    String w[] = { "dont", "take", "anything", "seriously" };
    String sp = " ", q1 = "'", q2 = "\"", bl = "";
    for (int i=0;i<6;i++) { 
      for (int j=i;j>0;j--)
        for (int k=0;k<2;k++)
          System.out.print(w[k]+(k<1?sp:sp+(j%2==0?q1:q2)));
      for (int l=0;l<4;l++)
        System.out.print(w[l]+(l<3?sp:bl));
      for (int m=0;m<i;m++)
        System.out.print((m%2==0?q2:q1)+sp+w[3]);
      System.out.println();
    }
    System.out.println(w[3]);
  }
}

Or equivalently

public class Seriously {
  public static void a(String s) { System.out.print(s); }
  public static void b(String s) { a(s + "\n"); }
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    String c[] = { "dont", "take", "anything", "seriously" };
    String d = " ", e = "'", f = "\"", g = "";
    for (int h=0;h<6;h++) { 
      for (int i=h;i>0;i--)
        for (int j=0;j<2;j++)
          a(c[j]+(j<1?d:d+(i%2==0?e:f)));
      for (int k=0;k<4;k++)
        a(c[k]+(k<3?d:g));
      for (int l=0;l<h;l++)
        a((l%2==0?f:e)+d+c[3]);
      b(g);
    }
    b(c[3]);
  }
}

And, with the aid of some universal solvent…

public class Seriously {
  public static void a(String s) { System.out.print(s); }
  public static void b(String s) { a(s + "\n"); }
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    String c[] = { "dont", "take", "anything", "seriously" };
    String d = " ", e = "'", f = "\"", g = "";
    for (int h=0;h<c[(c.length)-d.length()].indexOf("sly");h++) {
      for (int i=h;i>g.length();i--)
        for (int j=0;j<c[(d+e+f).length()].indexOf("rio");j++)
          a(c[j]+(j<d.length()?d:d+(i%"??".length()==g.length()?e:f)));
      for (int k=f.indexOf(f);k<(d+e+e+d).length();k++)
        a(c[k]+(k<(c.length)-f.length()?d:g));
      for (int l=d.indexOf(d);l<h;l++)
        a((l%c.length/(d+e).length()==g.length()?f:e)+d+c[(f+e+d).length()]);
      b(g);
    }
    b(c[c[(c.length+c.length)/c.length].indexOf("thing")]);
  }
}

And so on and so forth…

But it’s probably not worth taking too seriously.

People tend to take everything too seriously. Especially themselves. Yep. And that’s probably what makes ‘em scared and hurt so much of the time. Life is too serious to take that seriously. ~ Tom Robbins - Skinny Legs And All— title: Dont Take Anything Seriously date: 2015-06-21T01:00:13+00:00 author: harryhb layout: post permalink: /dont-take-anything-seriously/ categories:

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dont take anything seriously
dont take "dont take anything seriously" seriously
dont take 'dont take "dont take anything seriously" seriously' seriously
dont take "dont take 'dont take "dont take anything seriously" seriously' seriously"
   » seriously
dont take 'dont take "dont take 'dont take "dont take anything seriously" seriously'
   » seriously" seriously' seriously
dont take "dont take 'dont take "dont take 'dont take "dont take anything seriously"
   » seriously' seriously" seriously' seriously" seriously
seriously

The above can be generated using the following Java code.

public class Seriously {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    String w[] = { "dont", "take", "anything", "seriously" };
    String sp = " ", q1 = "'", q2 = "\"", bl = "";
    for (int i=0;i<6;i++) { 
      for (int j=i;j>0;j--)
        for (int k=0;k<2;k++)
          System.out.print(w[k]+(k<1?sp:sp+(j%2==0?q1:q2)));
      for (int l=0;l<4;l++)
        System.out.print(w[l]+(l<3?sp:bl));
      for (int m=0;m<i;m++)
        System.out.print((m%2==0?q2:q1)+sp+w[3]);
      System.out.println();
    }
    System.out.println(w[3]);
  }
}

Or equivalently

public class Seriously {
  public static void a(String s) { System.out.print(s); }
  public static void b(String s) { a(s + "\n"); }
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    String c[] = { "dont", "take", "anything", "seriously" };
    String d = " ", e = "'", f = "\"", g = "";
    for (int h=0;h<6;h++) { 
      for (int i=h;i>0;i--)
        for (int j=0;j<2;j++)
          a(c[j]+(j<1?d:d+(i%2==0?e:f)));
      for (int k=0;k<4;k++)
        a(c[k]+(k<3?d:g));
      for (int l=0;l<h;l++)
        a((l%2==0?f:e)+d+c[3]);
      b(g);
    }
    b(c[3]);
  }
}

And, with the aid of some universal solvent…

public class Seriously {
  public static void a(String s) { System.out.print(s); }
  public static void b(String s) { a(s + "\n"); }
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    String c[] = { "dont", "take", "anything", "seriously" };
    String d = " ", e = "'", f = "\"", g = "";
    for (int h=0;h<c[(c.length)-d.length()].indexOf("sly");h++) {
      for (int i=h;i>g.length();i--)
        for (int j=0;j<c[(d+e+f).length()].indexOf("rio");j++)
          a(c[j]+(j<d.length()?d:d+(i%"??".length()==g.length()?e:f)));
      for (int k=f.indexOf(f);k<(d+e+e+d).length();k++)
        a(c[k]+(k<(c.length)-f.length()?d:g));
      for (int l=d.indexOf(d);l<h;l++)
        a((l%c.length/(d+e).length()==g.length()?f:e)+d+c[(f+e+d).length()]);
      b(g);
    }
    b(c[c[(c.length+c.length)/c.length].indexOf("thing")]);
  }
}

And so on and so forth…

But it’s probably not worth taking too seriously.

People tend to take everything too seriously. Especially themselves. Yep. And that’s probably what makes ‘em scared and hurt so much of the time. Life is too serious to take that seriously. ~ Tom Robbins - Skinny Legs And All

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