This is mediocrity: to want to be along a little bit in those certain things requiring complete capability.
- Kierkegaard, mid-1849
Jul 7, 2009
Jul 3, 2009
A person says, it is impossible to be certain of the truth in their own opinions. This person is genuinely uncertain when speaking this, because of saying exactly what represents them only. But immediately thereafter, they remember that another person has also said that it is impossible to be certain of the truth of their own opinions, with the same genuine uncertainty and humble quiet countenance, and that remembrance gives them assurance. So they reassert with confidence that it is not possible to be certain of the truth of their own opinions.... only the truth of someone else's.
This is a very common phenomenon, which means, most everyone has an opinion - and it is someone else's.
Oh, how relieved we are to find that our troubled uncertainties are reaffirmed by another person. Now the troubled uncertainty dissipates, for we are safe in the crowd.