“The opposite of intellect is dullness or slowness, but the opposite of wisdom is foolishness, which is far more dangerous.” Thomas Sowell
“One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputation.” Eric Hoffer
“If no one has even one percent of the knowledge currently available, not counting the vast amounts of knowledge yet to be discovered, the imposition from the top down of the notions in favor among elites, convinced of their own superior knowledge and virtue, is a formula for disaster.” Thomas Sowell
And that’s why John Dewey and his followers were and are asses: “Having the knowledge we may set hopefully at work upon a course of social invention and experimental engineering.” John Dewey. And we know modern education relies heavily on Dewey’s pioneering ideas, which is kind of like relying on retarded Lewis and Clarks to blaze the trail.
“[E]veryone wanted to be a Big Swinging Dick, even the women.” Michael Lewis, Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
“In Bakersfield, California, a Mexican strawberry picker with an income of $14,000 and no English was lent every penny he needed to buy a house for $724,000.” Michael Lewis, The Big Short
“Sufis . . . make up the majority of African Muslims.” Eliza Griswold, The Tenth Parallel
“Descartes . . . appears to have been correct in believing that our thoughts can exert a physical influence on, or at least cause a physical reaction in, our brains. We become, neurologicaly, what we think.” Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Of course, the spiritual tradition of Christianity has been teaching the same thing since at least the time of the desert monks, and they also perceived the reverse: what our bodies do has an influence on our minds, hence Christianity has always condemned antinomian ideas like those found in Gnostic sects. The above quote is just one of many instances of modern science catching up with ancient wisdom.
“In the quiet spaces opened up by the prolonged, undistracted reading of a book, people made their own associations, drew their own inferences and analogies, fostered their own ideas. They thought deeply as they read deeply.” Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Albert Jay Nock’s immortal words on a writer’s duty to himself: “Write what you want to write, as well as you can, and then forget it.”