Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Don't talk...if you don't have anything to say.

“Consciously or subconsciously, intellectually or emotionally, most people today know that the world is in a terrible state and that it cannot continue on its present course much longer. The existence of the problems is acknowledged, yet we hear nothing but meaningless generalities and shameful evasions from our so-called intellectual leaders.

Wherever you look, whether in philosophical publications or intellectual magazines, or newspapers editorials or political speeches of either party, you find the same mental attitude, made of two characteristics: staleness and superficiality.

People seem to insist on talking---and on carefully saying nothing. The evasiveness, the dullness, the gray conformity of today’s intellectual expressions sound like the voices of men under censorship---where no censorship exists. Never before has there been an age characterized by such a grotesque combination of qualities as: despair and boredom.
-Ayn Rand (from her article: ‘Faith & Force”)

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