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 --- HCLE Quernheim <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > P.S.
> > "kämpfen mit" can also mean something like "to
> > struggle with".
> >
> > HCLE
> > <<>>
>
> so one interpretation could be that the gods
> themselves have to deal with their own stupidity (
> and
> they fail ) ?
>
>
>

well, the translation "Against stupidity the gods
themselves contend in vain" implies that it's
stupidity in general . . . and therefore at least
inclusive of other people's

the implication then could be that we all have to deal
with ( other people's ) stupidity, and often don't
manage ; but there's consolation in the fact the gods
themselves don't do much better

i suppose knowing the context would help . . . !

bn

> <<>>
>
> Right. At least that's how I myself interprete that
> Schiller line.
> What other interpretation could you imagine? That
> they have to deal with
> others' stupidity?
>
> HCLE
> <<>>
>
>
>
>
> >
> > Could someone check for me the Schiller line about
> > "Against stupidity
> > the gods themselves contend in vain"?  The Net is
> > telling me it's either
> > "Gegen Dummheit" or "Mit der Dummheit", although
> all
> > agree that
> > the rest is "... kämpfen selbst Götter vergebens".
> >
> > The English version is canonical because of the
> > Asimov novel _The Gods
> > Themselves_, in which each of the three sections
> is
> > titled by one
> > phrase.
> >
> > --
> > John Cowan  [log in to unmask]
> > www.ccil.org/~cowan
> > www.reutershealth.com
> > "In computer science, we stand on each other's
> > feet."
> >         --Brian K. Reid
>
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