Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.

Christopher Morley

Isn’t it interesting that so many literary, philosophical, and scientific greats preached the ideal of independence in thought and action, yet so many of their followers preach that the mark of intellectual greatness is to slavishly agree with the viewpoint those followers have developed?


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5 Responses to Uniqueness

  1. Cephas says:

    That’s my biggest problem with our whole “higher education” system. It’s not education, so much as regurgitation. Even if the material you’re studying is patently false.

    • dlhitzeman says:

      The sad part is that there are really good things to be gained from higher education sandwiched amongst all the bs. What happens, though, is that some percentage of the people at most schools–higher and otherwise–come to think of themselves as smarter than everyone else, and then the bs begins. As I’ve said before, it’s not an accident that places where higher education occurs are called “institutions”.

  2. djhitz says:

    Cephas, What’s uuup? It seems like you’d only regurgatate what you couldn’t stomach. I barely have a pre-journalism degree and I still collaborate with your, great minds. I’m not ashamed by not degrees. I’m ashamed those with degrees would have no interest in me because of that very fact. I really don’t seem to have that problem. Smart people usually know smart and I’d never let them forget it.
    Cute analogy of “institutions”, DL. I’ve heard you make that reference before. I’ve been on both sides of that coin.

  3. djhitz says:

    I meant “no” degrees not not de- well, you know.

  4. djhitz says:

    Frederick Douglas once told a young student to “Agitate, agitate, agitate…” I love that guy.

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