"A society committed to the search for truth must give protection to,
and set a high value upon, the independent and original mind,
however angular, however rasping, however, socially unpleasant it may be;
for it is upon such minds in large measure, that the effective search
for truth depends."
Caryl Parker Haskins
(1908-2001) Scientist, author, inventor, philanthropist, governmental advisor and pioneering entomologist in the study of ant biology
New York Times, 9 December 1963
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This is the only road out of the darkness we are in - it is a road this nation must find again.
 -- Robert, Sarasato     
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    And not truth that is culturally relevant but truth for everyone. Anything else is opinion, to include faith in anything. Facts only please, not hypotheses or theories advertizing as facts.
     -- Eric, Wichita, KS     
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    The earnest search for truth begins with being honest with oneself. When we are ready to let go of the untruths we have held so dear, even though we may have invested a lifetime into them, we will have to muster a great deal of courage -- a small price for reality.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Sometimes those "angular" and "rasping" minds are just obtuse and grating and have very little originality or independence. All minds are not of equal importance and their opinions may be just foolishness. Are we to values those as much as a thoughtful intelligent thinker?
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    When natural law, inalienable rights, individual sovereignty and liberty are recognized as being sacrosanct, the quote's scope of concept rings accurate.
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    In the apprehension of Truth, it is discernment that is requisite - a rooted in Reality ability to differentiate reality from unreality.

    In the absence of a frame of reference, a Standard, there are no standards to be observed.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    The typical individual in our conventional arrangement must develop their personal awareness with a full admission of a severe mental impairment self diagnosis. The mentally healthy should voice their comprehensive strategies of their health providing qualifications.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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