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Wednesday May 8th 2019Tim Candler9


    "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.


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