A question that resonates strongly today as we become accustomed to new tropes such as ‘alternative facts’. Erasmus’ masterpiece, first published in 1515, still has an astonishing freshness and relevance.
‘And let me tell you, fools have another gift which is not to be despised. They’re the only ones who speak frankly and tell the truth, and what is more praiseworthy than truth?’
Source: Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536), Praise of Folly, trans. Betty Radice, 56