The unconscious ailments and the exaggeration and formalism of bigots, blockheads and pretentious elitists.
If, as we who study ourselves have learned to do, every one who hears a good sentence, would immediately consider how it does any way touch his own private concern, every one would find, that it was not so much a good saying, as a severe lash to the ordinary stupidity of his own judgment: but men receive the precepts and admonitions of truth, as directed to the common sort, and never to themselves; and instead of applying them to their own manners, do only very ignorantly and unprofitably commit them to memory.
— Michel de Montaigne. “Of Custom” Essays (1575)
Destituted of vision due to the saran wrap?
I’ve covered some and other topics on this piece here: How I think or How to Think Critically.
Its 3rd year anniversary is coming up and I thought it was time for an update. Stay tuned.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
— Oscar Wilde