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?

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And most important, have fun.

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.