Wednesday May 8th 2019Tim
"The opacity of
much philosophical writing." It's an example of usage
and the word in question is 'opacity.' According
to my sources, an online etymology dictionary, 'opaque'
'opacity' comes to the English Language from Latin
'opacus' and has to do with the condition of being
'impervious to light.' All very well going on about much
philosophical writing being incomprehensible, but in
anyone's world, no matter the opacity of legal minds,
shadiness is shadiness. So if anyone happens to be
wondering what Herman Hesses' Glass Bead Game was all
about, the current impasse has much to offer those who
might still reckon it was about the nuances of judging
the Westminster Dog Show, or competitive stamp
collecting, or Cat Shows which is easy to do when your
world is comfortable.
Hesses' game was
all about creaming off the top at an early age, setting
them apart from the rest of us by sending them to elite
schools and when they reached the age of majority
keeping them pointlessly occupied by giving them a game
to play. The game was pretty much totally opaque to your
average person in the streets and it's purpose was to
offer an arena for the overly ambitious to engage in
mental fisticuffs and come away feeling incredibly
successful and important. Invariably of course,
the man in the street, wondered what the game was all
about, and more important why couldn't they play for the
rewards of being incredibly successful and important?
Hesse had to leave Germany in the early 1930's. The
Glass Bead Game was his final book. In the 1630's
opacity/opaque also meant dumb and probably still does.