Wednesday, September 14, 2011
A Little Bit of Knowledge is an Idiotic Thing
This is an excerpt from Felipe Fernandez-Aemesto's highly acclaimed biography of Christopher Columbus. Please, read it and tell me if it could also and readily be applied to a fair number of tea partiers and progressives out there. I pull it from chapter one and it states quite succinctly, "It is therefore not surprising that Columbus's mind suffered all the defects that a guideless and random absorption of knowledge can impart, like a ship at large upon a starless ocean. He had read extensively but not critically and acquired a mass of information but was never able to dispose of it to his best advantage. He would leap to bizarre conclusions on the flimsiest of evidence, which a more balanced preparation might have taught him to eschew. He selected his reading matter not intellectually but obsessively, reading only what related to his own favorite theories, rejecting or distorting whatever failed to support his prejudices."............So, what do you think? It sure as hell sounds like the tea partiers and progressives to me.