A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, education, intelligence, and self-mastery

With education as with the system of law, we confront a spectrum of humanity that ranges from virtual angels to virtual devils, although most humans naturally fall in the fattest part of the natural bell-curve of distributed traits:  it has been said that some humans are so virtuous and rational and self-disciplined that for them, the very existence of the law is superfluous; and some are so depraved and immired in their own self-interestedness that even the most horrendous sanctions of legal punishment are not sufficient to bind them to behave justly.  The same is true of the distribution of resources of philosophical intelligence and insight.  Some very few minds could reconstruct for themselves many of the major perspectives of previous thinking, but these would be only a handful out of the population of the earth every generation.

Kenneth Smith

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