25 February 2009

Healthy Distrust

I have always been suspicious of the "herd mentality" - especially when that herd self-proclaims themselves to be the smartest ones in the room. My healthy distrust is in good company:

"Beware committees, conferences and leagues of intellectuals. Distrust public statements from their serried ranks. Discount their verdicts on political leaders and important events."
~ Historian Paul Johnson

I believe this to be especially true with the study of history.

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