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Standards of Understanding

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand:

“The worst thing about dishonest people is what they think of as honesty,” [Gail Wynand] said. “I know a woman who’s never held to one conviction for three days running, but when I told her she had no integrity, she got very tight-lipped and said her idea of integrity wasn’t mine; it seems she’d never stolen any money. Well, she’s one that’s in no danger from me whatever. I don’t hate her. I hate the impossible conception you love so passionately, Dominique.”

I thought of a related point:

The worst thing about confused, ignorant people is what they think of as understanding. They don't understand stuff (not even close), and that somehow meets their standards of understanding, and they stop trying to understand more.

Elliot Temple on December 19, 2017

Messages (2)

Who is to say your understanding of yourself and understanding itself is not confused and ignorant misunderstanding?

Anonymous at 3:40 PM on March 22, 2018 | #9725 | reply | quote

which authority (in person form) validated/proclaimed/authorized that you're right and other people you disagree with are wrong?

bad question, bad demand.

Anonymous at 3:42 PM on March 22, 2018 | #9726 | reply | quote

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