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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)
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Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 3:34:24 AM
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How dreadful knowledge of the truth is when one is in the hands of incompetents.
Bully_rus
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You can always dilute bitter truth with some sweet lies
as all politicians do. Add, according to taste or lack thereof…
Ozolinsh V.
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 7:16:32 AM

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So dreadful when you realize 'tis exactly about you and something that befell you. Deep quote, makes a lot of sense.
NeuroticHellFem
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I read a children's version of Oedipus when I was a kid. I remember it contained the riddle of the sphinx: What walks on four legs, then two legs, finally three legs?
The answer is man: he crawls on all fours as a baby, learns to walk on two legs, then in old age walks with a cane (three legs). It's not funny, like the riddle in The Hobbit asked by Gollum/Sméagol to Bilbo Baggins. We usually think of riddles as kids' jokes, but the original riddles were intellectual conundrums.
God I'm such a nerd!
Brick wall
pedro
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:42:59 AM
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Daemon wrote:
How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)



Like finding out your wife is your mother.
Gary98
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 9:17:17 AM

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Daemon wrote:
How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)


How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when the truth is against you, and you have tried everything but still can't cover it.
OMF1969
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:06:28 PM
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Truth about truth.
Trivium_Discipulus
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:09:14 PM
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Daemon wrote:
How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)


Sophocles is right, but so is Patrick Henry when he said,

"Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it."
~Patrick Henry

http://www.history.org/almanack/life/politics/giveme.cfm

The is no way to avoid the Debt Money Monopoly's debt money Ponzi scheme from imploding - once the bubble is blown, the debt money bust is already baked into the cake, as it were.

But one can build a life boat that will make life much easier than it otherwise would be if one were to just keep their head stuck in the sand.

As Ayn Rand observed, one can ignore reality, but one can't avoid the consequences of ignoring reality forever.
monamagda
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:16:45 PM

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The quote in context.

From the Oedipus cycle of plays by Sophocles - Oedipus Rex -Scene I Lines 101/102
Teiresias replies when Oedipus entreats him to help identify the murderer of Laius:

"How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be When there's no help in truth!
I knew this well, but did not act on it: else I should not have come"...

Read the play on line : http://www.ancient-mythology.com/greek/oedipus_rex.php
S. Miranda-Hess
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 2:14:44 PM

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This quote reminds me of how I feel about the news a lot of the time. People report on dreadful things, often in a biased way, and there's nothing you can do about it. Sometimes they report on dreadful things that are big problems and don't talk about how people are forming solutions.
Fredric-frank Myers
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"How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth." Sophocles Yes, and truly sad on this day, 9/11, the day the World Trade center was destroyed. Then, the TRUTH was that a few angry individuals conspired to do this horrendous attack, followed by the collusion on the part of G.W. Bush and VP Cheney to attack Iraq for their oil.
Dialectrum
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:10:09 PM

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Fredric-frank Myers wrote:
"How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth." Sophocles Yes, and truly sad on this day, 9/11, the day the World Trade center was destroyed. Then, the TRUTH was that a few angry individuals conspired to do this horrendous attack, followed by the collusion on the part of G.W. Bush and VP Cheney to attack Iraq for their oil.


Great use of today's vocabulary word!
Jeff Siemers
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Fur sure, Sophos.
Dosei Iantha Evans
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 9:07:35 PM

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actually I would want to know the truth no matter how helpless it is.
nkelsey
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:29:58 PM
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Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2014 4:59:45 PM
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Daemon wrote:
How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)


Knowledge of the truth can be dreadful when the help wanted from it is only that which strikes our fancy, rather than our reasonable, conscious mind.
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