Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Around the Internet: 10 Rules (of teaching) from Berty Russell

Not just a guy who loved communism & sleeping with people's wives!

1: Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2: Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3: Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.

4: When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5: Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6: Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7: Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8: Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9: Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10: Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

stolen from Brainpickings who stole it from the New York Times.

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