Monday, August 10, 2009

Against elitism: 1869

It is a common error to overrate the intelligence of the present day, and underrate our forefathers in the intellectual scale; for, although our nomadic ancestors were long without the cultivation of knowledge and literature, they were not, therefore, mentally inert. "There is an education of the mind, distinct from the literary, which is gradually imparted by the contingencies of active life. In this, which is always the education of the largest portion of mankind, our ancestors were never deficient...."

--From Popular errors explained and illustrated--

How can you claim wisdom if you refuse to value the wisdom gained from a lifetime of work?

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