Intelligible Gibberish

Some people love mystical and complicated explanations because they believe it might give more shines and credibility to their own "exceptional" wit.:idea:
Such people spent years and decades memorizing the "lessons”, they have never properly understood.

When Plehanov wrote his introduction to Hegel's Phenomenologie Des Geistes he used the bombastic syntagms as "paleontology of Spirit" and similar craps. He did so because he wanted to be "as clever as Hegel was". Of course, Plehanov never understood a single sentence that Hegel wrote and he never understood that no one else in the world have ever understood Hegel's philosophical and most (over!) intelligible gibberish.

Schopenhauer, Hegel's contemporary, was the first who exposed Hegel’s intellectual harlequinade by describing him as "a commonplace, inane, loathsome, repulsive and ignorant charlatan, who with unparalleled effrontery compiled a system of crazy nonsense that was trumpeted abroad as immortal wisdom by his mercenary followers". Schopenhauer also thought that Hegel's work would be an “inexhaustible” source of laughter to the posterity.

Unfortunately, Schopenhauer did not realize that people are more likely to believe the words and loony constructions of a magic deceiver than to believe the simple but a deeply "disappointing" truth. Dostoyevsky has magnificently described that ill-natured human trait in his "The Grand Inquisitor" (a chapter from The Brothers Karamazov).

My Xur-Bel-Gon theory (HSF Human Speech Formula) is showing that the history of the words could not be tracked neither through the regular phonetic changes nor through the rigidness and fogginess of Laryngeal Theory nor through the other linguistic "theories" and "laws" whose correctness was disputable even at the time of their "coining". Of course, there are some basic and undeniable phonetic laws that must be respected, but if we intend to find the way in which the words were born, distributed and changed during millenniums we must use semantic and philosophy as our primary weapon.

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