“Interest, interesse, means to be among and in the midst of things, or to be at the center of a thing and to stay with it. But today’s interest accepts as valid only what is interesting. and interesting is the sort of thing which can freely be regarded as indifferent the next moment. and be displaced by something else, which then concerns us just as little as what went before. Many people think that they are doing something a great favor by finding it interesting. The truth is that such an opinion has already relegated the interesting thing to the ranks of what is indifferent and soon boring.”—Martin Heidegger, ”What is Called Thinking?” (via heartmindspirit)
One of the great errors of an elite education, then, is that it teaches you to think that measures of intelligence and academic achievement are measures of value in some moral or metaphysical sense. But they’re not. Graduates of elite schools are not more valuable than stupid people, or talentless people, or even lazy people. Their pain does not hurt more. Their souls do not weigh more. If I were religious, I would say, God does not love them more. The political implications should be clear. As John Ruskin told an older elite, grabbing what you can get isn’t any less wicked when you grab it with the power of your brains than with the power of your fists.
Another excellent article by William Deresiewicz—worth reading if only to discover the phrase “entitled mediocrity.”
“I find that I get sort of a linguistic erection sometimes. Just words… what they can do, what you can do with them, and what they can do to each other.”—Seth MacFarlane as Family Guy’s Stewie Griffin on Inside the Actor’s Studio (via libraryland)