Thursday, March 28, 2024

Packaged Opinion

There is simply too much to think about.  It is hopeless -- too many kinds of special preparation are required.  In electronics, in economics, in social analysis, in history, in psychology, in international politics, most of us are, given the oceanic proliferating complexity of things, paralyzed by the very suggestion that we assume responsibility for so much.  This is what makes packaged opinion so attractive.

-- Saul Bellow (1915 - 2005), Canadian-born American writer, Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1976 and National Medal of Arts winner in 1988, It All Adds Up (1994) "There Is Simply Too Much to Think About" (1992), pp. 173-174

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