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Every generally held idea, every received notion, will be an idiocy, because it has been able to appeal to a majority

Every generally held idea, every received notion, will be an idiocy, because it has been able to appeal to a majority Every generally held idea, every received notion, will be an idiocy, because it has been able to appeal to a majority
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The great defect of people, for Chamfort, consisted in the public’s reluctance to submit its thinking to the rigors of rational examination, and its tendency to rely instead on intuition, emotion, and custom.

One can be certain that every generally held idea, every received notion, will be an idiocy, because it has been able to appeal to a majority,” the Frenchman observed,

Adding that what is flatteringly called common sense is usually little more than common nonsense, suffering as it does from simplification and illogicality, prejudice and shallowness: “The most absurd customs and the most ridiculous ceremonies are everywhere excused by an appeal to the phrase, 'but that’s the tradition'.”


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