I’ve remembered for years one particular line from Dangerous Liaisons. In a conversation between two conniving characters, played by Glenn Close and John Malkovich, one says to the other regarding the people they’re conspiring to deceive, “They’re intellectuals and, like most intellectuals, incredibly stupid.”

I also recall sitting at a dinner table listening to very bright people carry on inane conversations. Later, as I wondered how such smart people could sound so dumb, I realized that those who are out of touch with their feelings are cut off from a whole other way of knowing.
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