Friday, July 13, 2012

Putting People in Boxes

There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics
  • Cretins don’t even talk; they sort of slobber and stumble.
  • Fools are in great demand, especially on social occasions. They embarrass everyone but provide material for conversation. Fools don’t claim that cats bark, but they talk about cats when everyone else is talking about dogs. They offend all the rules of conversation, and when they really offend, they’re magnificent.
  • Morons never do the wrong thing. They get their reasoning wrong. Like the fellow who says that all dogs are pets and all dogs bark, and cats are pets, too, therefore cats bark. Morons will occasionally say something that’s right, but they say it for the wrong reason.
  • A lunatic is easily recognized. He is a moron who doesn’t know the ropes. The moron proves his thesis; he has logic, however twisted it may be. The lunatic on the other hand, doesn’t concern himself at all with logic; he works by short circuits. For him, everything proves everything else. The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration.
Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum

4 comments:

Race Bannon said...

...and they all have warrants.

WoFat said...

Thank you for that concise description of the Democratic Party.

Opus #6 said...

This sounds an awful lot like the sign-in sheet at Obama's White House.

Azra said...

I know my fair share of Fools and Lunatics. Not enough gentlemen though ;P

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