Class Warfare Blog

April 11, 2020

The Hierarchy of Pearls and Swine

Filed under: Morality,Philosophy,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 9:14 am
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The adage is “cast not your pearls before swine” which is a Biblical quote from the New Testament, which betrays yet again Jesus’ at best callous attitude toward “the people.” The full quote is “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” (Matthew 7:6 KJV and evidence of deplorables in Biblical times?)

While addressing a frequent commenter on apologists/religious trolls on Quora, I realized there is a hierarchy of situations using this metaphor. Remember it is really about the importance of supplying important information to worthy recipients.

Here it is the hierarchy:

The Hierarchy of Pearls and Swine
1. casting real pearls before real swine
2. casting artificial pearls before real swine
3. casting real pearls before artificial swine
4. casting artificial pearls before artificial swine

Version 1 is the metaphor and infers that giving something of great value to something which cannot recognize the value is futile and destructive and possibly dangerous.

Version 2 describes the work of religious apologists. Imaginary “pearls of great price” are conjured up to be offered to the faithful.

Version 3 describes the selfless work of atheistic representatives tirelessly responding with truth to the apologists and trolls who ask insincere questions that begin with “Atheists, how . . .”

Version 4 describes Fox (sic) News trying to educate the Trump administration.

You heard it here first, now go forth and multiply the uses of these new categories.

Addendum A colleague of mine came up with one of these (#2-#4) 40+ years ago, so I am not the originator of the idea, just the promoter.


  1. Essentially you’ve closed your mind to receiving their closed mind. What most of them fail to grasp is at one time most of us espoused this nonsense until it drove us to an impasse with ourselves. I for one got tired of making bullshit excuses


    Comment by jim- — April 11, 2020 @ 9:21 am | Reply

    • I never got that far. Before becoming a proselytizer, I felt betrayed by my religious education in that I detected lies. I took a big step back away from religion at that point (about age 13).

      But I don’t think anyone’s mind is closed per se, but just unwilling to be open for business.

      As an analogy, a major study of online education proved that online students fall immediately behind in their studies when compared to classroom students. I argue that the simple expedient of not turning on the computer or opening up the required apps, declares a day off from studies. The same thing applies to religious beliefs. The possessors of said only open up the app in a safe space on Sundays and then, the rest of the time, they just don’t turn it on or open it up for business. So, minds not closed, just not open for business (except for hard cases such as you and me).

      On Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 9:21 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 11, 2020 @ 9:28 am | Reply

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