Thus I have Spoken

August 13, 2005


Filed under: Uncategorized — steamdragon @ 10:41 am

By David Brin, Just ONE of my favorite authors

“My Parting Thoughts

I believe it’s good that we have a rambunctious society, filled with individualistic and opinionated people. Serenity is nice — we all need some — but to hold it up above all other values has become a cheap cliché. Serenity alone never brought progress. Hermits on hilltops never solved a problem.

The adversarial process — the tug and push of contrary views — helps us to improve, both as individuals and as a culture. Criticism is the only known antidote to error — elites shunned it, and their evasion spread ruin across history. We do each other a great favor (though it’s not always appreciated) when we help find each others’ mistakes.

And yet…

And yet, it also seems to me that we’d all be a lot happier, and better off, and more capable of dealing with criticism if each of us were to remember, now and then, to say the following phrase:

“I am a member of a civilization.”


I LIKE it…


I think I’ll use that for a tagline…

I will also be exploring some of Mr. Brins’ thoughts on privacy in an upcoming post.



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