Friday, June 18, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Thought . . . is the dignity of a man, and no man is rising but in proportion as he is learning to think clearly and forcibly, or directing the energy of his mind to the acquisition of truth. Every man [we would say person; this was written in 1840], in whatsoever condition, is to be a student. No matter what other vocation he may have, his chief vocation is to Think." -- William Ellery Channing

A noble sentiment, no doubt, but one wonders whether more than a small minority are really capable of critical thought. Albert J. Nock eventually decided that most were not "educable," and claimed that coming to that conclusion made him happier. He no longer wasted his time being impatient with slow-witted, unreflective people. They were what they were.

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