Fandango’s Provocative Question #15

FPQEach week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question is based upon a quote by Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, essayist, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. Whew, that’s a lot of cred. Anyway, Russell, who died in 1970, suggested that…

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that, in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubts.”

Do you concur with Mr. Russell’s perspective? Why or why not?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And most important, have fun.

15 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #15

  1. Irene February 20, 2019 / 7:10 am

    I have to disagree with Mr. Russell’s perspective. I think even the identification of levels of intelligence and self-confidence is a complicated matter, so for these characteristics to be boxed as causal of each other seems futile; for example, someone with a high I.Q. might be overly confident at work, but think of him/herself as “stupid” in social situations (and this is a stereotypical example, as well, so there we go, no pattern in real life).

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  2. rugby843 February 20, 2019 / 11:05 am

    Yes. Our current prez is a prime example. He doesn’t have to ponder because he knows everything already.

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    • Fandango February 20, 2019 / 2:06 pm

      Yes, he is the epitome of cocksure stupidity.


  3. slmret February 20, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    In most instances, I would agree. However, I believe that the answer truly depends upon the nature of “the trouble.” I feel certain that this quote was related to a specific situation, but would have to qualify any answer to your question to apply it to the situation.

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  4. Marleen February 23, 2019 / 7:51 am

    I think it’s something for which to beware generally (but not as a rule), yes.

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