Small Minds

This really isn’t as daunting a post to read as you might imagine. Hugh Curtler is a trained philosopher who knows how to express his thoughts so even the least philosophical of us can grasp them easily. His ideas are not dumbed down; they are clear. Please take a few minutes to read his thoughts on what We the People and our 2016 Presidential candidates should be doing.


Many years ago, in my misspent youth, I read an article in the Sunday paper, written by a Nun, that developed the notion that great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people. I have always thought that was an interesting notion and it may have been (in a small way) the reason I decided to pursue a PhD in philosophy. At the very least, I didn’t want my mind to atrophy and I thought philosophy was the sort of subject that could keep my mind alive well into my dotage: questions that don’t have answers! Well, here I am.

But, with the exception of a few bright people who post blogs and comment from time to time about the issues, I appear to be surrounded by small minds discussing people. I am speaking of the elections, of course, in which ideas are scarce if present at…

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6 thoughts on “Small Minds”

  1. I’ve been feeling this way for a long time. I don’t want to hear people bashing each other, I want to hear relevant things pertaining to the issues that involve all of us. How does name calling help resolve the problems of today. When is a political person going rise above this pettiness and answer the important questions?

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    1. Those are excellent questions, Kim. I wonder if any one can advance in the field of politics any more in an intelligent, honorable way. I suspect we need to start emphasizing Civics and civic responsibility in schools from Kindergarten on, and get rid of “reality” TV while we wait for those kids to be old enough to run for office on local, state, and federal levels.


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