Out of context quote

The actual text is at  The Guardian:

“The fact is they [activists] are talking first of all only about the smallest part of the water usage,” he says. “I am the first one to say water is a human right. This human right is the five litres of water we need for our daily hydration and the 25 litres we need for minimum hygiene.

“This amount of water is the primary responsibility of every government to make available to every citizen of this world, but this amount of water accounts for 1.5% of the total water which is for all human usage.

“Where I have an issue is that the 98.5% of the water we are using, which is for everything else, is not a human right and because we treat it as one, we are using it in an irresponsible manner, although it is the most precious resource we have. Why? Because we don’t want to give any value to this water. And we know very well that if something doesn’t have a value, it’s human behaviour that we use it in an irresponsible manner.

This is pretty much the opposite of the implication in the meme.

h/t @Courtney Ballard


One thought on “Out of context quote

  1. My fav out of context quote that mangles the intent is “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” (”Henry VI,” Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73) Sadly, it often seems that the contemporary misuse of the original intent might better produce justice nowadays. *sigh* (Yeh, I’m also familiar with the tortured argument that Shakespeare meant the statement to be taken as it is misused today, but I’ve never been persuaded by any presentation of the argument I’ve seen to date. Why, I’d sooner think that Shakespeare didn’t write any of the Shakespearean canon. *heh* ;-))


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