One-Liner Wednesday

2B5A8D53-3F79-4059-B04D-C052EC655435“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

British philosopher Bertrand Russell

Can you think, off the top of your head, of a fool who is always so certain of himself? Someone who knows the best words, who is really smart, a stable genius? Come on, take a wild guess.

There have always been people who are 100% certain that they have all the answers, answers that somehow elude all others. In fact, their belief in themselves is so settled, they find it hard to understand how anyone else could not share their certitude. It baffles them that others could miss what they so easily see.

Clinically, though, those are characteristics of a narcissistic, delusional person. Anyone who believes solutions to complex problems are clear and simple is just plain wrong. And is a fool. Unfortunately, as Bertrand Russell points, much wiser people are not nearly as confident that the have all the answers. Or have even asked all the right questions.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

11 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday

  1. pensitivity101 November 21, 2018 / 8:13 am

    Might this be the same guy who believes he is the only candidate worthy of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2018?

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    • Fandango November 21, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      And our moronic leader possesses both.

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  2. JoAnna November 21, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    Know-it-alls are some of my least favorite people to be around. I have tried to tell myself they are really insecure deep down. It doesn’t help much. I am confident in complexity.

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  3. Sight11 November 21, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    Aren’t much of American people attitude ‘know-it-all’ including Trump?

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    • Fandango November 21, 2018 / 9:29 pm

      Especially Trump. He’s off the scales.

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