Monday, February 18, 2013

Philosophy Wire: The power of Humor & Jokes. (+ idiots shielding)

080506_0050Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-02-18]: The most serious things can be said in the form of a joke. Jokes are thought-liberating. They allow you to use forms that you couldn’t if you were to stay “serious”. And free forms is the basis for creative thinking. As Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes”. Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow (Oscar Wilde)...
But the greatest advantage of jokes is that they offer the best cover against fools. The idiot who will hear someone say something wise in the form of a joke, will just laugh because without thinking any further. He cannot understand the truth. He cannot see how a joke can be serious. And only those who seek seriousness with their heart can understand jokes…
Knowledge is something too important to be disseminated in simple ways…

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