Haec autem sententia nec illos fugit qui artem rhetoricam docendam putarunt. Fassi sunt enim sapientiam sine eloquentia parum prodesse civitatibus, eloquentiam vero sine sapientia nimium obesse plerumque, prodesse numquam.
But this opinion has not even escaped those who have thought that the art of rhetoric ought to be taught. For they have confessed [and here he refers to Cicero’s De Inventione 1.1] that wisdom without eloquence is little advantage to a commonwealth, but that eloquence without wisdom is usually too much of a disadvantage, and never an advantage.
–St Augustine, De Doctrina Christiana (On Christian Teaching)
I was thinking yesterday that among the evils which this wonderful invention, the computer-internet, has brought us, the greatest might be how we now can and often (usually?!) do spend more time talking about people we don’t know than about people that we do know.
And I was arrested by this consequence: do I spend more time talking about things I don’t know than about things I do know?
What is the antidote?
Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for never finding me because you turned off your WiFi signal today.