15 July 2008

Remembering the left side of the bell curve

In İstanbul—Hatıralar ve Şehir*, the Nobel laureate author Orhan Pamuk starts off the chapter about his first impressions of being a student with the following truism, if I dare call it that (my translation):

The first thing I learned in school was that some people were stupid; the second thing I learned was that some people were even stupider.

*Istanbul: Memories and the City. I haven’t seen the English version of the book where the translation of that particular sentence may be different.


george.w said...

Remember the left side? Paradoxically it's the entire demographic for the political right.

Dana Hunter said...

Yup. That's pretty much how my entire education felt. And here I'd thought most adults were smart.