Quote from Richard Mitchell,
"Rousseau had it backwards. We are NOT born free. We are born in the chains of the random and the reflexive, and are ignorant and unreasonable by simple nature. We must learn to be free, to organize the random and detect the reflexive, to acquire the knowledge of particulars and the powers of reason. The examined life is impossible if we cannot examine, order, classify, define, distinguish, always in minute particulars."
Richard Mitchell (more quotes by Richard Mitchell or books by/about Richard Mitchell)
(1929-2002) Professor at Glassboro State College, NJ, author, founder and publisher of The Underground Grammarian
Education, Freedom, Knowledge, Learning, Perseverance, Reason, Responsibility, Sovereignty, Wisdom