Monday, November 14, 2016

How Did FLG Not Know About This Years Ago?

For some reason, an Oscar Wilde quote popped into FLG's head today.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

And then FLG searched for more Wilde quotes and was reminded of this one:

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.

And FLG thought to himself, hey, there is some Plato influence there.   A quick search for Wilde and Plato turned up a Platonic dialogue that Wilde wrote --  The Decay of Lying.

FLG is shocked he hadn't known about this sooner.  This passage in particular resonated given our recent election.

CYRIL. Lying! I should have thought that our politicians kept up that habit.
VIVIAN. I assure you that they do not. They never rise beyond the level of misrepresentation, and actually condescend to prove, to discuss, to argue. How different from the temper of the true liar, with his frank, fearless statements, his superb irresponsibility, his healthy, natural disdain of proof of any kind I After all, what is a fine lie? Simply that which is its own evidence. If a man is sufficiently unimaginative to produce evidence in support of a lie, he might just as well speak the truth at once. 



(Apologies for the lack of links and possible weird formatting, this post was written on an iPhone.)

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