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.