Monday, November 19, 2012

From The House of Intellect

"The modern educated democrat, then, is not anti-intellectual in the sense of shunning novelty or undervaluing intelligence.  The truer and more serious charge is that he neglects or resists or shies away from one form of intelligence, which in Intellect.  And this we see with peculiar vividness in the United States where, precisely, customs and routines do not mask the defect:  it is for lack of Intellect that we have such a hard time judging persons and ideas; it is absence of Intellect that makes us so frightened of criticism and so inept at conversation; it is disregard of Intellect that has brought our school system to its present ridiculous paralysis.  In any large collective enterprise, such as the production of rockets and satellites, it is dearth of Intellect -- not of intelligence -- that agravates the normal causes of friction and slows down accomplishment."

Jacques Barzun, The House of Intellect

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