Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Aldous Huxley, in the preface to "Brave New World Revisited" (1958), opens with a paragraph well worth noticing:

The soul of wit may become the very body of untruth. However elegant and memorable, brevity can never, in the nature of things, do justice to all the facts of a complex situation. On such a theme one can be brief only by omission and simplification. Omission and simplification help us to understand -- but help us, in many cases, to understand the wrong thing; for our comprehension may be only of the abbreviator's neatly formulated notions, not of the vast, ramifying reality from which these notions have been so arbitrarily abstracted.

Thanks Aldous. Wise words, indeed.

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