There he was, a short, beefy guy with a goatee and a Red Sox cap and a thick Boston accent, and I all of a sudden learned that I didn’t have the slightest concept what to say to someone like him. So alien was his expertise to me, so unguessable his values, so mysterious his very language, that I couldn’t achieve participating him in a couple of minutes of small discuss earlier than he obtained all the method down to work. Fourteen years of upper training and a handful of Ivy League degrees, and there I was, stiff and silly, struck dumb by my own dumbness. I could carry on conversations with individuals from other international locations, in other languages, but I couldn’t speak to the person who was standing in my very own home.
The Books Podcast
The drawback of an elite training is that it’s given us the elite we’ve, and the elite we’re going to have. Being an intellectual means, to begin with, being passionate about ideas—and not simply throughout a semester, for the sake of pleasing the instructor, or for getting an excellent grade. A good friend who teaches on the University of Connecticut as soon as complained to me that his students don’t think for themselves. Well, I mentioned, Yale students think for themselves, however only as a result of they know we would like them to.