Monday, March 14, 2005

Correcting correction

It occurred to me that "To attack stupidity head-on at every opportunity passes for a noble goal at least in the mind of the attacker but only compounds stupidity with arrogance." But this adds nothing to the stock of such sayings, e.g. Confucius: "To argue with a fool, shows that there are two." Maybe Socrates had the best way of dealing with fools. Minds have not grown clearer nor the world simpler since his careful we must be in declaring something foolish! When you are about to level your lance at some wrong-headedness, first repeat:

If I can't stand it, how am I so sure I understand it?

Your aggravation is not what proves they are in error.

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