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Harold Bloom and intellectuals who confuse irony as wisdom

September 9, 2011

I enjoy reading Harold Bloom for some illumination of literary works or an insight into a work I might want to read. But as I’ve gone through this books, he keeps on going back to great art constantly posing one thing but then countering it with the opposite and thus the meaning is life is so complex and elusive one cannot grasp its meaning. He calls this wisdom

Here are two quotes: When two people are really happy about one another, one can generally assume they are mistaken. Samuel Johnson

As men’s prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
-Emerson

The first one is funny, the second one, undergraduate fast-food. But they cancel each other out, and even when he talks about great novels, he goes back to the same equation.

I don’t see that as wisdom, Here’s a quote I rate as wisdom because it gives insight, and anyone who grasp it, nods:

The fox knows many thing, the hedgehog one–one big one.”
– a Greek proverb (I think).

Wisdom gives you something to go on. Intellectuals like to see passion evaporate into insignificance so they can write about its futility.

The brain is an evil organ because it can always produce another thought to justify its existence.

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