Only the shallow know themselves.- Oscar Wilde
Is that a smack at Socrates? I wish I knew myself better, at least better enough to know how to stop doing a few negative things I still do but can't explain. Why do I do what I don't want to do, even believe is wrong to do? Who will deliver me from this body of sin?!All right--enough frankness on the internet.
Here, I think, is the key: Don't take Oscar Wilde too seriously. He didn't. His intense sense of irony must not be ignored. Moreover, if you compare his little comment with his choices in life, the irony becomes even more obvious. The bottom line, then, is this: People and life are ironic, and irony is undetectable among the shallow. But now I'm rambling. And so it goes.
CORRECTION: I had meant to say that "irony is undetectable by the shallow."