Wednesday, July 21, 2010

. . .

"And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man. By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free, roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.

And this I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: The freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: Any idea, religion, or [people who limit or destroy] the individual. This is what I am and what I am about."

-John Steinbeck

1 comment:

  1. Ah, I see, let us be intolerant of intolerance. Sounds good, but in theory, its a little hypocritical.


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