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Daemon
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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
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The idea of a centaur has no more falsehood in it than the name centaur.

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Daemon wrote:
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Yeah. And what is danger without some excitement aka - lethality or vulnerability, at least...
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Context from: The Critic as Artist

THE CRITIC AS ARTIST--WITH SOME REMARKS UPON THE IMPORTANCE OF DISCUSSING EVERYTHING

GILBERT: I do not deny that the intellectual ideal is difficult of
attainment, still less that it is, and perhaps will be for years to
come, unpopular with the crowd. It is so easy for people to have
sympathy with suffering. It is so difficult for them to have
sympathy with thought. Indeed, so little do ordinary people
understand what thought really is, that they seem to imagine that,
when they have said that a theory is dangerous, they have
pronounced its condemnation, whereas it is only such theories that
have any true intellectual value. An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.


ERNEST: Gilbert, you bewilder me. You have told me that all art
is, in its essence, immoral. Are you going to tell me now that all
thought is, in its essence, dangerous?

GILBERT: Yes, in the practical sphere it is so. The security of
society lies in custom and unconscious instinct, and the basis of
the stability of society, as a healthy organism, is the complete
absence of any intelligence amongst its members. The great
majority of people being fully aware of this, rank themselves
naturally on the side of that splendid system that elevates them to
the dignity of machines, and rage so wildly against the intrusion
of the intellectual faculty into any question that concerns life,
that one is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always
loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with
the dictates of reason. But let us turn from the practical sphere,
in which criticism is free.

Read more: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Intentions/The_Critic_as_Artist


Adyl Mouhei
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According to Oscar Wilde ideas which are sound and free from danger are not ideas at all.
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Pray how true! An idea to be an idea needs to provoke new thoughts, and challenge normalcy.
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Because an idea is always bound to be in disfavour of some soul.
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