Gnomicon 022

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Gnomicon  022
Wednesday 21 March 2012

Es ist nichts schrecklicher als eine tätige Unwissenheit.
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 Aug 1749 – 22 Mar 1832)

Well, I don’t mean to boast, but the list of people I have known or known of to whom this dictum is applicable is itself rather frightful.  And, in the interest of full disclosure, I really can’t totally excuse myself – on the odd occasion — from that massive mound of mindless morons.

You could start with today’s newspaper, The New York Times, say, or the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, or El País, and I would venture that you cannot leaf through the whole edition without coming upon at least one headline or article that will make you groan inwardly, wonder where all the stupid people come from, how allegedly intelligent and educated individuals can entertain such drivel-y nonsense.

What I for one find particularly frightful is the day’s rigid certainties buttressed by private opinion, illusory yearning, good intentions.

Got your Times ready? your AllgemeineSvenska Dagbladet? Figaroanypaper anywhere?

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