A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, perspectives, and thinking

After long experience in keeping journals and annotating my readings, etc., I grew more keenly aware of my own shifts in perspectives and criteria from time to time or circumstance to circumstance or relation to relation.  Most mentalities are merely viscous, pathetically modulating from one tincture to another; I was determined to learn how to follow those little trails of snailslime in my own and others thinking.  Human psyche at most levels is definitely a sea-creature, a metamorphic or Protean sort of being; but there is a visceral core that remains constant.  How I learned to overcome idiotism or simpleminded perspectivism was by returning to what I had written over and over from several different viewpoints and strategies, assaulting what I took for granted from priorities and perspectives I had not originally thought of.  One rises in that way from monocular or naive opinion to a kind of philosophical compound-eye like Argus had in mythology.  One enables oneself already to anticipate criticisms, to defend or adapt against them or if need be go over to their vantagepoint.  Most opinionizing is houses built upon the sand; philosophical intelligence is geological intelligence about the bedrock in every region.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave