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Yes, very much so.

Surely ignorance is an evil, as is also what we call stupidity.


Next, then, consider the nature of the ridiculous.

Please proceed.

The ridiculous is in its main aspect a kind of vice which gives its name to a condition; and it is that part of vice in general which involves the opposite of the condition mentioned in the inscription at Delphi.

You mean “Know thyself,” Socrates?

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