It’s in our nature to want to blame a human when things go wrong, but individual human errors are unavoidable. Simply telling people not to make any mistakes is a naïve way to try to avoid accidents and disasters.Matt Parker, Humble Pi, 2020
Instead of us being credited for longevity
And being able to keep it up for this long at this level, we
Get told we’ll never be what we were
Bitch, if I was half as good as I was
I’m still twice as good as you’ll ever be
-Eminem, Premonition (Intro)
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
–John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
–Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890
If you are confronted with two evils, thus the argument runs, it is your duty to opt for the lesser one . . . the weakness of the argument has always been that those who choose the lesser evil forget very quickly that they chose evil.
–Hannah Arendt, Responsibility Under A Dictatorship, 1964.
Suppressing speech that’s wrong-headed and hateful is like curing global warming by breaking the thermometers.Jonathan Rauch, So To Speak, June 21, 2016