Thus their fundamental mistake was not a moral mistake, but an intellectual mistake; or in other words, not wickedness but blockheadedness
The only source of philosophical self-respect for this kind of blockheadedness
is the reassurance and support that like-minded persons can offer.
She and her father shared an aversion to "blockheads," and Martha's frustration teaching her oldest son, Jeff, suggests that his mother thought he might, as a youngster, have had a touch of blockheadedness
. Her eldest daughters, on the other hand, readily drank in their mother's lessons although later, it seems that their intellectual accomplishments may have prevented some of them from finding suitable husbands.
As Kinzer points out, the concepts of legitimacy in leadership, divinely sanctioned kingship (Farr), personal sacrifice exemplified by the passion of Imam Hossein (the Prophet's grandson), and the cult of martyrdom imbue the Iranian psyche: "Grasping the depth of this [Hossein's] passion is essential to the understanding of modern Iran" and Mossadegh's "blockheadedness
." Indeed, the latter disdained pragmatism and compromise though faced with overwhelming worldwide opposition, as if deliberately seeking failure and martyrdom.
He regrets having written poems "that promote that moaning - noble - patriotic Polish blockheadedness
." He envies Boleslaw Lesmian, who, according to Milosz, steered clear of that path.