The political virtue of doubt


Better to be Hamlet than President George |
Forty-five years ago today, JFK, speaking to the graduating class at Yale, said, “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic … Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” He urged the students to “move on from the reassuring repetition of stale phrases to a new, difficult, but essential confrontation with reality.”

The link above points to an interesting opinion piece (actually, more of a polemic) about why brazen self-assuredness, especially among politicians, is dangerous. I think it’s a good read from an introspective point of view, even if you aren’t put off by politics at present.


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