Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Mediocre Minds

I had a poster growing up on my wall, and I thought it was the essence of strife and opposition, it’s an Einstein quote:

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

It always reminds me of a teacher I had once who implored his students to “question everything.” Don’t take his word for it; don’t believe an “expert,” don’t accept the status quo just because it’s easy. This is not to say that you need to embrace anarchy, and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day, but I think he meant to be passionately curious—to at least attempt to independently verify what you are told is truth.

The worst inclination of modern education is to crush the curiosity of it’s disciples in an effort to teach the “right way.”

The next time you are opposing someone, are you the “great spirit” or are you the “mediocre mind"?


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