#tuesdayuseitinasentence: abandon with silliness on the side


The history professor was known to have a sense of humour. She did her graduate work at the Gary Lawson Midvale School for the Gifted. She posted signs in her office such as:

Abandon hope all ye who enter here and repeated history’s mistakes.

Abandon hope all ye who enter here and have not learned mistakes in history {Or was that history’s mistakes?}

Abandon all hope ye who enter here without remembering the past.


Gifted was a very loaded term. In this case, Larson may be making fun of labels/usage that sounds better, but still has a stigma, and may be no closer to the “truth.” – As I’ve suggested before.

“Manic-Depressive” which was the determination concerning one of my teachers, became Bipolar, which became Bipolar 1 when it was decided there were “different” forms of Bipolar, and BP2 represented spots on a spectrum/continuum.


Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here


“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed To Repeat It.”

George Santayana

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8 thoughts on “#tuesdayuseitinasentence: abandon with silliness on the side

    • She nodded, “Exactly! And worse, sometimes, they aren’t even embarrassed that they can’t manage without help since ‘life is too simple’ for their complex minds.” :)
      She laughed, “You have it just right — they do have less common sense!”

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  1. I have always loved that cartoon. It used to be on the library door of the school I worked in, a school for the gifted. To me it symbolised intelligence didn’t always mean common sense or awareness.


    • I used Gary Larson in various sorts of hand-outs, teaching aids, and in the graduate history teaching assistant development program I helped design.

      “Gifted” has been used so broadly, now, in North America it means nothing to me. Not that I want labels and stigmas, but I was reading about a mental illness group called “Wear Your Label” — that stigmas and labels only hold power if “we” let them. So, they have all sorts of nifty shirts.

      And some of the stupidest people I know, are always being lauded for their brilliance, but god, when it comes to life, stupid is too smart for how they are.

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