"All of us necessarily hold many casual opinions that are ludicrously wrong simply because life is far too short for us to think through even a small fraction of the topics that we come across."
Julian Simon
[Julian Lincoln Simon] (1932-1998) Professor of economics, author, Senior Fellow at the Cato
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Understanding and its concomitant, discernment, illumine all things.

In the absence of the influence of Virtue informed principles and attendant convictions, opinions proliferate.
 -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    (-; well, except me ;-) - I say hmmm, of course =)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    We believe many things simply because they have always been believed. Example: No two snowflakes are alike. Have all of the trillions of snowflakes been examined? How about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. Is this true for everyone ?
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    Presumptuous sins and casual opinion, how easy the mind slips when the foot is not sure.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    Our own culture is the most invisible to us -- any departure from the norm stands out. For what purpose does the neck tie serve? What did people use before toilet paper? Why is income tax an obligation? Who among us has ever butchered an animal for food? It's enough to cause me to admit that what I know is but a fraction of what is so. But what do I seek to know and why? ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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