The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people.
It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts... For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Quote of the Day, 10/25/06: Illusion
I went looking for Stephen King quotes (from On Writing, which is one of the contest prizes) and instead found Stephen Hawking quotes, which led me to today's quote theme: illusion.