Quote by Albert J. Nock
Learning has always been made much of, but forgetting has always been deprecated therefore pedantry has pretty well established itself throughout the modern world at the expense of culture.
This quote highlights the dichotomy between the emphasis on learning and the societal tendency to dismiss the importance of forgetting. It suggests that while the act of learning is highly regarded, the act of forgetting and devaluing past knowledge or culture has become prevalent. This has led to the rise of pedantry, a narrow focus on scholarly knowledge and adherence to rules, at the expense of overall cultural understanding and growth. The quote criticizes the imbalance in our modern world, where the proliferation of knowledge often overshadows the significance of forgetting and the preservation of cultural heritage.
There are a lot of obstacles in the way of our understanding animal intelligence - not the least being that we can't even agree whether nonhuman species are conscious. We accept that chimps and dolphins experience awareness we like to think dogs and cats do. But what about mice and newts? What about a fly? Is anything going on there at all?
It's enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you. But if you do it year after year, then many people remember you and they tell it to their children, and their children and grandchildren remember and, if it concerns books, they can read them. And if it's good enough, it will last as long as there are human beings.