Monday, December 27, 2010

Idiot, n

"A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot's activity is not confined to any special field or thought or action, but 'pervades and regulates the whole.'  He has the last word in everything, his decision is unnapealable, He sets the fashions of opinion and taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a deadline."

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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