Uncommon Sense

September 10, 2018

What Passes for Wisdom Now

Filed under: Culture,Entertainment — Steve Ruis @ 9:01 am
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I subscribe to a “quote of the day” service called QuotableNotes. Today’s quote was supplied under the tagline “In the wise words of Oprah Winfrey”

Here’s the quote:

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” (Oprah Winfrey)

WTF? I am supposed to live my life as a series of repetitive, incoherent, bizarre fantasies, none of which involves paying bills or earning a living? Maybe she is not referring to real dreams, but is referring to goals we have contemplated but we haven’t attempted because we feel they are out of reach. Of course, that makes no sense either. You can’t live those goals without living the process that will take you to them.

I respect Oprah Winfrey as an entrepreneur, a self-made rich person, not as a public intellectual. Publicly she espouses a world of woo, full of magical influences she seems to think we can just reach out and grasp. And, I suspect, that her “opinions” would have almost no reach if she were not rich. (In this country, being rich stamps one as having some ineffable quality of being.)

Maybe she is living her world of dreams because many of her stances seem incoherent and bizarre.


  1. What is that apropos cliche people use in the courts and circles of the courts of law? Something like…

    It isn’t what you know [or don’t know] that is true, it’s what you can PROVE in court!” Or in this case, what you can persuade in the public opinion — i.e. what FEELS good/right. Oprah is adored in the public eye. 😉

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — September 10, 2018 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  2. I prefer the Free Thought of the Day at the FFRF web site. Oh, I best explain; FFRF is the Freedom FROM Religion Foundation.


    Comment by Walter Kronkat — September 11, 2018 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

    • Am a proud member, I am.

      On Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 3:20 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 12, 2018 @ 9:34 am | Reply

  3. ‘Hold fast to dreams,
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird,
    That cannot fly.’

    Langston Hughes


    Comment by Zachary — September 12, 2018 @ 9:10 am | Reply

    • Uh, does that include nightmares, erotic dreams, etc.? Just exactly what does “dreams” mean? I suspect it is a stand-in for “hopes and aspirations” that feel about as real as dreams do.

      On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 9:10 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 12, 2018 @ 9:13 am | Reply

      • Suspect all of the above. Hold all of it, that which makes us human.


        Comment by Zachary — September 12, 2018 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  4. Part of me respects Oprah too. Given how successful she has become, I assume she isn’t stupid. Yet, some of the things she says, it’s like she lives in fantasy land. But I guess this is what can happen when you have a lot of money and influence, where everyone else sucks up to you because they want a little bit of your magic touch.


    Comment by TheCovertAtheist — October 10, 2018 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

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