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Thought of the Day: Great minds are those that help make others great.

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Great minds are those that help make others great. The judgement of greatness should not rest upon the power wielded by the individual, but to be judged by how the power of the intellect has empowered humanity. – Jacob J. Walker

I ran across this quote a few days ago:

Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves. – William Ellery Channing

This had a more paternalistic tone than I personally could espouse, because it seems to presume that are those who are born great, and those who are not.  But I believe, that while individual intellectual abilities may differ (which I do not believe can be accurately consolidated into a “quotient”, as I have shared in a past case study), that it is how we choose to use our intellect that is what should be the measure of greatness or not.  A simple thought such as “pay it forward” has the potential for more positive effect on our humanity than the complex thinking that led to the creation of the nuclear bomb.

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October 2nd, 2014 at 11:59 am

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