“Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.” Letters to a Young Contrarian – Christopher Hitchens
I can’t imagine a quote more opposite of what I was taught as a child. My mother spent the better part of her life telling me to be quiet, to feel sorry for the “less fortunate” and to above all stop rocking the boat.
And yet here I am…completely captivated by this quote, wishing I had read it at the beginning of my own attempt at parenting.