The you that shows up on the first day of college won’t be the same you that graduates years later. What will be the nature of your transformation?
Curiosity vs. Conformity
You’re here, so I’m going to assume ignorance and apathy don’t appeal to you. But have you ever wondered what separates someone truly enlightened by their education from someone who is merely the product of their education?
The first person is clear in their thinking yet confident enough to treat confusion as an opportunity, not a threat. They’ll share their thought process with you, not just their final opinions, and they’ll typically respond to disagreement with genuine interest. You can learn and grow by engaging with them, and they can be persuaded in turn. Their hallmark is curiosity.
The second person seeks reassuring alliances and finds dissent intolerable. They recite trendy slogans over coffee and leave you with the tab to join a passing group of protesters chanting about the exploitation of coffee growers. One gets the sense that their activism is more a substitute for thoughtfulness than an expression of it. Their hallmark is conformity.
Part of the difference between these two people—we’ll call them Jane and Dick—is wisdom. The other part of the difference, the focus of our forthcoming online course, is intellectual independence.
How can we safeguard and strengthen our intellectual independence? How can we be a Jane and not a Dick?
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