A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.'”
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle.
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.
There are always going to be people who desperately want to get into the Inner Ring and will cut all sorts of intellectual corners to be accepted.
Three-quarters of the world’s food today comes from just 12 crops and five animal species and this leaves supplies very vulnerable to disease and pests that can sweep through large areas of monocultures.
“People are predisposed to think that things are worse than they are, and they overestimate the likelihood of calamity. This is because they rely not on data, but on how easy it is to recall an example.
“The reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new.”
There is nothing more difficult to undertake, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
“We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we can’t be wise with other men’s wisdom.”
David Brooks, The Road to Character
“Without common ideas, there is no common action, and without common action men still exist, but a social body does not. Thus in order that there be society, and all the more, that this society prosper, it is necessary that all the minds of the citizens always be brought together and held together by some principle ideas”
― Alexis de Tocqueville,