Thursday, July 29, 2004

But, Think Things Through

"Thinking things through means analysing them carefully. It also means understanding not just your own perspectives, but also perspectives that threaten your own. Take as an example some of the most fateful decisions made by human beings, decisions about war and peace, decisions like the british failure to understand Hitler at Munich, or the American failure to understand what was and what was not at stake in Vietnam. Millions of people died, not at root because of moral failures but because of intellectual failures, failures of compassion, failures brought on by weak analysis that overlooked the perspective of the adversary."

- Lawrence H. Summers

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