Re-share; Fandango Provocative Question #15

This week’s Fandango is reposting FPQ # 15, and I’m sharing my response to it again with some modifications ;

This week’s provocative question is based upon a quote by Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, essayist, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. Anyway, Russell, who died in 1970, suggested that…

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that, in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubts.”

Do you concur with Mr. Russell’s perspective? Why or why not?


Absolutely right. What seems sad to me is the fact that this statement is more than fifty years old and things are not the same, they have deteriorated much beyond this point. Almost all the people (well, mostly all) who are in a position where others can and do listen to them, are very sure of themselves. But are they saying something intelligent, wise, or even rational? No, not at all, or perhaps a very few of them are.

As I see it, a foolish person doesn’t think ahead to see what will be the consequences of what they say or do. So they go ahead without fear and don’t have a thought to spare for the consequences of their deeds or words. They would believe anything they read on social media, or whispered in their ears without verification and spread it around. They would base their actions on unfounded information, with this faith that it is 100% accurate.

A wise person will think, weigh and rethink what they are going to say or do. The results of their actions are important to them so they will hesitate to take any. And here lies the problem. They’d waste too much time in measuring the wisdom of their actions, that the time of action passes and it’s often too late.

If you are interested in answering Fandango’s Provocative Question, you can do so at his blog, Fandango of This, That, and the Other.

Written in response to;

FPQ # 15



36 thoughts on “Re-share; Fandango Provocative Question #15

  1. I think there are a lot of intelligent people speaking truth. The problem is that the liars are louder and if anyone argues with them, they get even louder. These aren’t people you can really talk to. I know we are supposed to try but why? They don’t WANT to talk to us. They don’t hear us.

    And in this country, they all seem to have guns and frankly, they also scare me.

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      1. Thank you. People keep telling me that we need to talk to them, but why? They aren’t listening to anyone who isn’t “one of them.” They don’t like me and they don’t think I have anything worth saying. Given all that, I can’t see why I should talk to them. Maybe someday it will get better, but it’s pretty bad right now.

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  2. Yes, I agree with Russell’s quote. If I’ve learned nothing else from being on social media, it is how quickly the under-informed will speak up, while the over-thinkers will take their time. I also think some of this dynamic has to do with extroverted versus introverted personalities.

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