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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” — George Bernard Shaw
I suspect future historians will now and then speak of us as an “Age of Wonders”. The wonder of our electronics. The wonder of our communication technologies. The wonder of our medical advancements — especially in the field of mental health. And so forth.
But sadly, I suspect future historians will also speak of us as an “Age of Willful Stupidity”.
If so, they will doubtlessly say our age began over 100 years ago with the Stupid Bolshevik Revolution in Russia that was soon enough followed by the Rise of Stupid Fascism in Italy. And the historians are bound to point out that the willful stupidity has continued largely unabated straight through to today’s many Stupid Denial Movements.
I suspect future historians will write whole libraries on that one theme alone — willful stupidity. And I expect — I actually expect — that somewhere in those libraries there will be a book or article with an insightful footnote saying, “The first casualty of willful stupidity is the art of listening.”
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