|Birds clearly love hanging out together.|
Here’s yet another example of two popular sayings that directly contradict each other. When something like this happens it means that only one saying can be right so let’s examine them closer to find out.
“Birds of a feather flock together” is a silly phrase that was seems like it was written just because it rhymed. All birds have feathers and yes they congregate together. You could say “Racoons of a fur always concur” and it would mean the same thing. It just sounds a lot dumber because it hasn’t been said millions of times. Saying “Birds of a feather flock together” is stating the obvious. Most animals aren’t solitary and birds are just one type who aren’t. Why is this a saying?
Pretty much the only time “opposites attract” makes sense is when it comes to men and women being attracted to each other, but that’s a given. That’s not notable enough to be worthy of its own phrase. Plus you’ve got all the homosexual people out there who prove that rule wrong. Saying “opposites attract” might be true when it comes to magnets, but as a general statement about people it’s false. If opposites really attracted you would constantly be seeing anorexic people married to morbidly obese people, giants married to dwarfs, Amish marrying computer nerds, rich people dating hobos, etc. Those pairings are too rare for “opposites attract” to be a valid statement.
While both of these sayings are dumb, the winner of the two has to be “Birds of a feather flock together” because at least it’s true. It may be as obvious as stating “Legs help you walk”, but you can’t change the fact that “Opposites attract” is mostly false. It’s like saying “Fat people steal”. Yes maybe a fat person has stolen at one time or another, but to make a blanket statement like that is irresponsible and wrong.