Monday, December 29, 2014

On judging............................................

      Nor does one have the option of saying that differences exist but that one will not judge them.  To notice a difference is to have an opinion about it - unless one refuses to think.  And that is my ultimate objection to the nonjudgmental frame of mind.  We can refuse to voice our opinion, our judgments, but we cannot keep from having them unless we refuse to think about what is before our eyes.  To refuse to think is to reject that which makes a human life human.  In saying that excellence in the arts is defined in terms of high aesthetic quality, I do not mean to trivialize the complications of determining high aesthetic quality.  I do insist that to deny the existence of such a thing as high aesthetic quality is to take the lazy way out.
-Charles Murray, Human Accomplishment:  The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating quote, with which I agree for the most part. I do believe we need to critically think about those things which exist in our society, but I am less sure that moving to opinions about them is always constructive.

    This is a thought-provoking statement, Steve, and I appreciate you sharing it, as I do much of your content. This may be fodder for my next critical thinking class ... let the learners chew on it:)