Despair is Serious Business
For as nothing is more trifling than to treat of serious matters triflingly, so nothing carries a better grace than so to discourse of trifles as a man may seem to have intended them least.
Desiderius Erasmus, The Praise of Folly
Nowadays, people treat serious matters frivolously, and frivolous matters seriously. It’s called The Lie of Erasmus.
Nowadays, political-economical systems treat serious matters frivolously with a straight face. I’s called The Malediction of Erasmus.