You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.Unknown, popularly attributed to Abraham Lincoln
One of the most famous supposed quotes of Abraham Lincoln, got me thinking. What if we interpreted those words in the literal sense? What would that imply?
Especially the part of the supposed possibility of a state of ‘omni-deception’, “You can fool all of the people some of the time”, where the entire world is confused…
That even the greatest scoundrels, when devising the most devious and sophisticated plans, manage to fool themselves in the end as well? (at least some of the time)
If literally everyone were to be fooled simultaneously then by definition it would be impossible to tell until after the fact, at the very least. In the state of deepest confusion even the nagging feeling of confusion disappears, at least in everyday life, such that one does not even realize they are confused.
Could that truly somehow be operant simultaneously upon all and one?
How would those periods of omni-deception appear? And what would they be about?
How could we distinguish them from other periods in retrospect?
If your thinking these sound like mysterious questions then I share the sentiment, perhaps they will inevitably lead to even more mysterious answers…