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Quote of the Day April 16, 2009 9:35 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Philosophy, Quote
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This one is making the rounds today.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
-Friedrich Nietzsche
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1. Morgan - April 16, 2009

I tried really hard not to indoctrinate my son with my viewpoints and wanted him to look at both sides and make his own conclusions. He actually got an award for “fairness” at school that said “able to see both sides of a story” lol. I always hope he listens to others view points and is able to logically conclude why the are wrong and take any good points they have into consideration.

2. Doug McCaughan - April 16, 2009

I feel I need to do some deprogramming on my children but it might take moving away from Tennessee 🙂

3. Barry - April 17, 2009

I think we do that all the time, but I wouldn’t call it corrupting them. It depends on what you, and Neitzsche, define “holding in higher esteem”.

If you treat everyone who thinks differently than you the exact same way, then you wind up homogenizing your moral and value structure to a point where there is none anymore. Nothing matters, nothing is important, it’s all the same.