Wednesday, December 8, 2010

On opinions and myths

"For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie-- deliberate, contrived and dishonest-- but the myth-- persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought" – John F. Kennedy


Dee J. said...

How true! Is this what the term "dittohead" means?????

Anonymous said...

"I find this interesting, but it does make for suspicion of history as a record of reality. I thought of these things as I read the historical markers across the country, thought how the myth wipes out the fact."

-- John Steinbeck. Travels with Charley.