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Chapter 6: Only Now Is

That’s how the professional, the expert, the knowledgeable person, works. He knows everything about the meaningless, the insignificant; he goes into insignificant details and he goes on missing the central thing.

I am not against the pundits and the learned people, I am simply compassionate towards them.

Semyonov, a local party secretary, stopped Kagonovich on the street. “Comrade,” he asked, “why don’t you come for ideological instruction every Tuesday and Thursday evening?”

“I don’t need it,” said Kagonovich.

“Who was Karl Marx?” asked Semyonov.

“I don’t know.”

“Who was Vladimir Lenin?”

“I don’t know.”

Semyonov went on and on. Finally Kagonovich interrupted, “You ask me who is this and who is that. Let me ask you! Who is Rudolf Ulyanov?”

“I don’t know,” replied the secretary.

“Ah!” said Kagonovich. “But I know that one. While you are at ideological instruction every Tuesday and Thursday night, Rudolf Ulyanov is screwing your wife!”

Enough for today.