What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly — that is the first law of nature.
-Voltaire, Tolerance, 1764
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)
One of the great commandments of science is, “Mistrust arguments from authority.” (Scientists, being primates, and thus given to dominance hierarchies, of course do not always follow this commandment). Too many such arguments have proved too painfully wrong. Authorities must prove their contentions like everybody else.Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World, 2011, p. 28.
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