Being profound and seeming profound.— Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity; those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity. For the crowd believes that if it cannot see to the bottom of something it must be profound: it is so timid and dislikes going into the water.
-F. Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 173

If something is true, drag it out into the light. Pull it onto the shore so that others may inspect in full view. Truth should be self evident. It should reveal itself in the most fundamental terms.

All too often we find that truth is revered above understanding. In this way the profound is merely the misunderstood. Anyone who strives for profoundity is deceitful. Rather than appealing to clear and distinct reason, they prey on the obfuscation of affection, which only serves to propagate the veil of ignorance .

%d bloggers like this: