September 27, 2004

Students and Teachers

"If there were nothing new to be done, would human intellect cease to be necessary? Would it be a reason why those who do the old things should forget why they are done and do them like cattle, not like human beings. There is only too great a tendency in the best beliefs and practices to degenerate into the mechanical; and unless there were a succession of persons whose ever-recurring originality prevents the grounds of these beliefs and practices from becoming merely traditional, such dead matter would not resist the smallest shock from anything really alive...." John Stuart Mill, "Of Individuality," in On Liberty, page 129 in the Pelican Classics edition.

Posted by shea0017 at September 27, 2004 9:04 AM