The main problem with the
but he’ll surround himself
with the smartest of people”
argument is that
to a dumb person
a slightly less dumb person
often seems smarter
than a genuinely smart one.
The strongest argument
you can possibly make
for me to believe you
is to admit
you might be wrong.
does not follow
the strength of your conviction.
A culture that allows
only its loudest voices
to be heard
eventually comes to suffer
blunt force trauma.
In debates about whether or not time travel will ever be possible the argument is often raised that it will probably not since if it would be made possible in the future someone would (have) travel(led) back to our time and we would know about it. This is of course a fair point to make but one that has a number of straightforward counterarguments, two of which are also usually presented:
Someone could have travelled back but not made themselves known, perhaps because they didn’t want to cause such a disruption to the past and thereby the future.
Someone could have travelled back and indeed made themselves known but in doing so been taken for crazy.
There is however also a third and perhaps significantly more likely scenario that I have yet to see anyone present:
Perhaps the moment in human history of which we possess awareness are entirely too…
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A Great and Wise man once said
“Get out of here, I’m taking a shit!”
I recently found myself discussing, or perhaps rather brainstorming, this question with a bunch of friends of mine and I can honestly say that I don’t think anyone listening in on our conversation would have emerged on the other side any wiser. We threw around concepts such as ‘beauty’, ‘imagination’, ‘creativity’, ‘aesthetics’, ‘provocation’, ‘avant garde’ and many, many, more and ended up somewhere in between the albeit true yet essentially nonsensical statement that what is considered art is unique to each and every individual and that art stems from us as humans having a need to express ourselves and connect with the world on an emotional level. And there we left it as we moved on to other subjects.
But I have since found myself pondering the subject and if you allow me to indulge in some philosophical explication I believe I have managed to drill down to the core…
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