thoughts have been already articulated by others and repudiated by
other others. But I still love to re-think them, to agree and to
disagree with myself.
reveal myself in my true colors, as a stick-in-the-mud. I hold a
number of beliefs that have been repudiated by the liveliest
intellects of our time. I believe order is better than chaos,
creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence,
forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is
preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more
valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent
triumphs of science, men have not changed much in the last two
thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from
history. History is ourselves. I also hold one or two beliefs that
are more difficult to put shortly. For example, I believe in
courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people's
feelings by satisfying our own egos. I think we should remember that
we are part of a great whole, which for convenience we call nature.
All living things are our brothers and sisters. Above all, I believe
in the God-given genius of certain individuals, and I value a
society that makes their existence possible.
Clark: Civilization, A personal view, Harper & Row, New