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The Creative Idea

by Leo Rosten - 1963

The history of manís politics is a shameful chronicle of violence, greed, hate, vanity, foolish ambitions and parochial fears. The history of man's beliefs is an absurd story of ignorance, credulity, superstition, infantile terror, and magical beguilements. The history of man's ideas is a story of incredible stupidity, relieved by the occasional, sparkling eruption of gifted or original minds. It is impossible to spend 24 hours on this planet without encountering, in ordinary life, several hundred examples of folly, irrationality, lunacy, self-deception, buncombe, or idolatry. Common sense is certainly not very common. Reason is rare in human affairs. Non sequiturs seem to be dear to the human heart, and preference or wish-fulfillment seem to be the most powerful of human drives.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 8, 1963, p. 637-637
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2892, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 4:31:15 AM

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