“I hold there is no sin but ignorance.”
— Machiavelli ❱ Marlowe ❱❱ Rethink.
Esoteric red herrings… now I’m in the fucking know.
— Anna Bidoonism
I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.
— J. K. Rowling
Did you know — I didn’t until I read it tonight — that reading for pleasure in one’s youth is a key factor in determining one’s future “social mobility” (success in later life). OECD Research shows the extent to which one reads for pleasure is the most important indicator of the future success of that individual [read on…]. I ask you, dear reader (Oh! James: Where art thou?), did you hear about/read:
01. — Future Shock, by Alvin Toffler (1970)
02. — Orientalism, by Edward Saïd (1978)
03. — Imagined Communities, by Benedict Anderson (1983)
Ignorance is bliss
If one is unaware of an unpleasant fact or situation one cannot be troubled by it. — “I don’t want to hear about Trump’s latest tweets, ignorance, in this instance my dear friend, is bliss.”
A clue or piece of information which is or is intended to be misleading or distracting. — “The writing of the Secret Sharer is convoluted and full of red herrings.” (Also: ‘a dried smoked herring fish that turns red due to the smoke in the drying process.’)
Relating to the ancient Greek oracle at Delphi; to deliberately obscure something; to be or act ambiguously.
Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialised knowledge or interest. — “She grew increasingly frustrated with the esoteric philosophical debates organised by Dr. Humaid.”
Rare, exotic, or obscure. — “Some of the idioms he insisted on using were to recherché for most of the students in the Elizabethan era literature class.”