Satire or Irony

Recently, a Facebook friend posted this quote that he attributed to Sydney Harris, Journalist (1917-1986).

Elitism is the slur directed at merit by mediocrity.

I couldn’t tell if this was fine satire or meant to be serious, but ended up being ironic.   Of course an elitist would think himself meritorious and the rest as mediocre.

Let’s assume he was serious.  If so, I would respond:

Believing you are meritorious and others are mediocre does not make it so.  Both beliefs are logical fallacies without merit.  Merit is determined by one thing: whether you are right or wrong.  Why don’t we spend less time committing logical fallacies and more time figuring out if we are right or wrong?



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