Friday, May 22, 2015

"Moral Indignation is a standard strategy for endowing the idiot with dignity"

I love the site Brain Pickings in general, but I'd like to point my reader(s) to this post about the perniciousness of 'intellectuals.'  It's taken, mostly, from a Tom Wolfe commencement address.  Check it out.  

"One of the things that I find really makes it worth watching all the Academy Awards, all the Emmys, all those awards ceremonies, is to see how today’s actors and television performers have discovered the formula. If you become indignant, this elevates you to the plane of “intellectual.” No mental activity is required. It is a rule, to which there has never been an exception, that when an actor or a television performer rises up to the microphone at one of these awards ceremonies and expresses moral indignation over something, he illustrates Marshall McLuhan’s dictum that “moral indignation is a standard strategy for endowing the idiot with dignity.”

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