Halfway through my class on Existentialism, I realized that nobody in the class besides me was actually reading Being and Time, that the teacher very likely hadn't, and that I didn't need to do so.
You can make the following generalization and apply it to almost any great intellectual thinker:
1. Never (ever) actually read anything by X.
2. If you do make a mistake of reading something by X, use my personal technique of “carefully phrased selective emphasis” on certain aspects of X.
3. Read only tertiary literature.
4. Remember, no one actually speaks X-ian language, so you only have to learn to translate things into it, but never from it.
5. Always claim to have already overcome X.
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