Daily Archives: March 17, 2020


Gnome (nome or no’-mee): One of several terms describing short, pithy sayings. Others include adageapothegmmaximparoemiaproverb, and sententia.

Epictetus tells us that “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” I think this captures the essence of Donald Trump–mired in stupidity he continuously touts his “unbelievable” intelligence, yet he has has failed at nearly every decision point he has engaged. This is disturbing enough, but what about his supporters? They live somewhere in the ‘dupesphere’. How they got there and why they stay there, I can’t tell. If America survives all this bullshit, I hope we’ll be able to learn something from it. We must learn something from it. It must never happen again or our country might dry up and blow away.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

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