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  • The Inner Idiotis a bracing term used to describe a substantial, hugely influential

  • and strenuously concealed part of everyone. An Idiot is what we deeply fear being, it

  • is what we suspect in our darkest hours that we might beand it is what we should simply

  • accept, with humour and good grace, that we often truly are. A decent life isn’t one

  • in which we foolishly believe we can slay or evade The Inner Idiot; it’s one in which

  • we practice the only art available to us: sensible cohabitation. The Inner Idiot makes

  • itself felt at moments small and large. The Idiot is clumsy: it forgets names, loses important

  • documents, spills food down its front and gets air kisses wrong. It speaks out of turn,

  • thrusts itself forward at inopportune moments, both babbles and blushes. The Idiot is prickly,

  • it gets into a rage because it was momentarily ignored, it sees plots against it where there

  • was only accident, it shouts when a drawer won’t open properly and it is immediately

  • self-righteous when faced with the most minor criticism. It is, for the Idiot, always someone

  • else’s fault. The Inner Idiot is a child on a bad day. We know our own Inner Idiot

  • from the inside and might suppose it is unique to us. In fact, it represents what might be

  • called thelowerself of all of humanity. It is only residual good manners that has

  • made the Inner Idiot of others less obvious to usand hence made our own seem like

  • a freakish exception. Much of wisdom consists in accepting that the Inner Idiot isn’t

  • ever going to go away and realising that we must therefore endeavour to form a good working

  • relationship with it. Trying to prevent the emergence of the Inner Idiot otherwise inspires

  • a range of unfortunate traits. For example, we may lose confidence and grow unnecessarily

  • meek and cautious in a bid always to appear dignified in front of others. We may refuse

  • ever to ask someone for a date or for a pay rise, we might never go travelling on our

  • own or give a speech in public, all of these moves that require a calculated risk of being

  • hijacked by the Idiot. Or else, by denying our Idiot, we may grow unfeasibly pompous

  • and stiff. Nothing makes us seem absurd faster than to insist on our own seriousness. We

  • are always better off confessing to Idiocy in good time, rather than letting it emerge

  • from behind our carefully-constructed pretensions. In relationships, there can be no greater

  • generosity than to tell a partner, early on, what our Inner Idiot is like, to give them

  • a road map to its anticsand always to apologise promptly and warmly when it has

  • overwhelmed us. None of us should try to find a partner who lacks an Inner Idiot (it’s

  • impossible); we should just find out more about the particular kind of Idiot they have.

  • In a wiser world, an entirely standard and wholly inoffensive question on an early dinner

  • date would be: ‘And what is your Inner Idiot like?’

  • The best school for learning about the Inner Idiot is comedy. The essence

  • of comedy is to expose the workings of the Idiot in way that invites sympathetic laughter

  • rather than harsh criticism. The stand-up artist is a sage who knows how to redescribe

  • their Idiot with benevolenceand teaches us to do the same. Love is another solution

  • to the problems of the Inner Idiot. In its most mature and desired sense, love means

  • encountering and eventually, embracing the Idiot of another and regarding it not with

  • horror or as an affrontbut with all the imagination and generosity with which a parent

  • might look upon their beloved red-faced two year old in a tantrum. It’s not very nice

  • that we have an Inner Idiot. In fact, it’s an immense inconvenience. But we cannot wish

  • the issue away. A wise society would be very ambitious about understanding, accommodating

  • and forgiving the Inner Idiot in everyoneand would be devoted to finding ways to

  • soothe it and limit its influence.

  • It is one of the greatest of all human achievement when we can finally

  • move from seeing someone as anIdiot

  • to being able to consider them as that far less offensive and far more morally-hybrid

  • creature: a ‘Loveable Idiot.’

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如何擺脫對成為白痴的恐懼? (How to Lose the Fear of Being an Idiot)

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