In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
From the Latin: in regione caecorum rex est luscus, credited to Desiderius Erasmus‘ Adagia (1500). A similar (yet much earlier, dating to the 4th or 5th century CE) turn of phrase, and Erasmus‘ possible inspiration, appears in the Genesis Rabbah as “בשוק סמייא צווחין לעווירא סגי נהור”, meaning “In the street of the blind, the one-eyed man is called the Guiding Light”. In modern-day parlance this means that even someone with limited talent or ability is considered special by those having no talent or ability.
Why in this day and age are there so many who have no talent or ability to discover the Jtruth for themselves? The reason is that over the last decades the people (the ‘now blind’) have been conditioned through ‘education’ to believe that the political class will care for them and will lead them to Utopia. A ‘coup’ over truth and reason if ever there was one; and one which has been accomplished in a manner of which Goebbels would have been proud.J
Today, where Brexit is concerned, we appear to have many ‘one-eyed kings’ each with differing – and need I say ‘questionable – views’, all telling us that only they know the way out of our dilemma; and each have their ‘blind followers’. It is my assertion that not one of these ‘one-eyed kings’ – or ‘queens’ (no pun intended) – have done the required research in order to convince us they know about that which they speak/write. If they had so done surely there would not be the ‘howls of protest’ from their detractors? As Helene Deutsch is reputed to have said: After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth.
Personally, I am fed up with politicians and political commentators informing me what I should know, especially when it is obvious I know more than them. What is equally frustrating is it is pointless my confronting them as they will only ignore me, my being outside their ‘bubble’ of ‘confidants’. I am also fed up and frustrated with telling such people to ‘go do the research’. For heaven’s sake, is it that difficult to realise that if you don’t know something, you do the research and talk to those who demonstrate an expertise in a subject?
There is such a man, among those who can demonstrate expertise where Brexit is concerned; and that man is Richard North of eureferendum.com – a man who has worked within the European Union environment, who has spent almost a lifetime studying the European Union, its workings and its raison d’être.
(At this point a slight digression. I am not a sycophant of his and he would be the first to confirm that we have our differences; however where Brexit is concerned and the need to follow the EFTA/EEA route, we are of one mind).J
In conclusion, some time ago – when I was writing as Witterings from Witney – I used a short verse entitled: Knowledge (source unknown to me) – and it is one that politicians and the commentariat would do well to read – and act upon.
He who knows not, but knows not that he knows not, is a fool – shun him;
He who knows not, but knows that he knows not, is simple – teach him;
He who knows, but knows not that he knows, is asleep – wake him;
He who knows and knows that he knows, is a wise man – follow him.