Slithering sentence

I like how this sentence whispers its theme in a grammatical pile up that forces attention to the parsing. I like how the emphasized words form a scheme of their own: can – should – is.

We live in a time when a strong feeling that what can be known should be known too easily elides into a blind faith that what can be known not only is known but furthermore is known by those best able to make use of what they know.

A fine sentence turned by Michael Joyce in remarks for a panel at the “Information, Silence, and Sanctuary Conference” held at the University of Washington in May 2004.

And so for day 117

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