Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Outside the zone

One can't learn much and also be comfortable. One can't learn much and let anybody else be comfortable.

Charles Fort (1874-1932)


LB said...

I'm not sure I understand the second half of the quotation. Does it mean that once you know something, you have to make sure everyone else knows it?

Fiddler said...

Yeah, I thought about stopping the quote at the halfway mark. For my own personal interpretation, I'd say that one's own knowledge (or interpretation thereof, I'm pretty sure Fort would say)impacts one's behavior, which means that those around one are also impacted.

Barb said...

I agree with both of you. I think the more we know, the more we experience an urge to either share the acquired knowledge or to change our conduct. Since that is uncharted water, and neither comfortable nor convenient, few people choose to learn more and the majority of people prefers being passively entertained by media conglomerates.

Personally I have always thought that if I knew less and tried less and be a simple person with a lower IQ, that I would actually be happier and yes, comfortable. The more I learn the more skeptical I become, probably like Fort himself.

Interesting quote!