Comments: Oh, Pits

Anne: Two of my favorite historian quotations of all time:

"The conservative who resists change is as valuable as the radical who proposes it." -- Will and Ariel Durant

"Perhaps the chief carriers of Western culture today are those who within its midst most criticize it and demand that it justify itself." -- Kagan, Ozment, Turner, The Western Heritage.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at May 21, 2004 01:24 PM

Heh. Validation!

(It's nice to realize I must be absorbing something from all of the reading I do.)

Posted by Anne at May 21, 2004 02:02 PM

Actually, I concur with your reasoning, although it is necessarily somewhat shallow (how much can you fit in a paragraph, after all?). You've summed up the basics very well, it seems to me: humanity needs both the liberals who seek out new ideas and the conservatives who remind us that many old ideas still have merit. The problem being that many of today's conservatives and liberal bear little semblance to the more traditional uses of the terms.

Posted by Andrew at May 26, 2004 10:04 PM

Exactly, Andrew. There's good to be said for both points of view and having both at work is good for a society (I think).

It's extremes that are a problem.

That, and people automatically dismissing other points of view without giving them valid consideration.

Posted by Anne at May 27, 2004 09:57 PM