The Social Animal


“He would have to spend nights writing random thoughts in his journal. He would organize his thoughts on the floor. He would have to stew and struggle and then maybe a few times in his life, while taking a shower or talking to the grocery store, some insight would come to him and make all the different. This would be his method for escaping passive institutional learning. This would be the way he would build himself a mind that is not stuck in an inherited rut, but which jumps from vantage point to vantage point, applying different patterns to new situations to see what works and what doesn’t, what will go together and what will not, what’s likely to emerge from the confusion of reality and what is not likely to emerge. This would be his path to wisdom and success.”

David Brooks


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