Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

With the rebel yell, cry yeah yeah yeah…

There is, perhaps, no worse misfortune than to develop the rebellious habit of mind! And no person is to be pitied more than the rebellious person. And no one so self-deceived as a person who is a habitual nay-sayer in the belief that he is expressing a mind and individuality of his own. The humiliating aspect of it is that he imagines he is being original in his endless opposition, whereas he is only being the other end of the stick – not his own free agent…. The catastrophe lies in the fact that a rebel may often destroy himself in such senseless resistance and never ralize that he is fighting absolutely no one but himself.

Page 59
Beyond Success and Failure
Willard and Marguerite Beecher
1966
Simon and Schuster Books

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