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by EstebanZI, Thursday, January 13, 2022, 15:38 (3 days ago) @ Robbob

Hadto look that up. ????. Can you explain Weiler's law "Nothing is impossible for a man who doesn't have to do it himself"? Is this law sarcastic?
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Yes, it's sarcastic, or satirical would be the word I'd use. The exact quote is “Nothing is impossible for the man who does not have to do it himself”, which is a slightly different emphasis: the statement is made in contrast to the other man, the one who actually has to do the work.

The quote is really about how common it is to be naively optimistic, to be unaware of difficulties, and to lack compassion when issuing a directive to someone else. For instance, it's the hypocrisy of the millionaire trust fund baby telling the homeless person to just “get a job”, or it's the boss who unfairly blames his subordinates when they fail to meet an impossible deadline.
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