April 7, 2012
This just struck me.
Most of us, from time to time, have met people who think they are always right, who can’t hear an opposing opinion, who if pressed resort to abusive language, ridicule and other forms of attempted intimidation — anything rather than admit that they may not have a lock on the truth.
In everyday like we call people like that know-it-alls.
In extreme cases, we call them psychopaths.
In politics we call them candidates.
And, what’s worse, in politics those who are too sane to think themselves inerrant are forced to pretend that they do. That’s some system we have. Can anybody be surprised it gives us what it gives us?