One thing I remembered from my years of undergrad was a professor citing Wittgenstein on a first day of German class. “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent” was the quote I’ve memorized to this day, and I think it comes in super handy whenever you have the undying itch to speak about something you have zero knowledge about.
And not to be all “now more than ever,” but yea. Now, more than ever, it’s kind of crucial to keep those German words in mind, so you don’t end up making a complete fool out of yourself online or IRL for saying something patently and blatantly wrong. If you want to see what happens when people do the absolute opposite of following that wisdom, the subreddit r/dontyouknowwhoiam is a treasure trove.
Below, some of the best, most savage and hilarious burns for people who didn’t figure out who they were talking to until it was much too late.
You’re pretty good at swimming…
Chairman Maf was just trying to help a fan out.
The Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave member showed this guy what was what.
Do my eyes deceive me?
This guy deserves a second PhD in Mansplaining.
Should we try this again?
For as long as there are influencers, there probably will be mooches.
Unbreak my heart, GRRM!!! </3
Delete your account, sir.
Wait UP — Women, like, know how… to teach?
The fact that he started with “As a Vietnam veteran,” though.
u/kn0thing is Alexis Ohanian, founder of reddit, and Serena’s husband
Is this just a Jamas Acaster joke setup?
TBH this kind of perfectly encapsulates what it feels like to work at a big corporation.
This guy mansplained ‘Indiana Jones’ costumes to the woman who *designed* them.
Some people don’t need to cite sources.
They’re in front of Mt. Rushmore…