Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Middling minds have made the same mistake  §

throughout the history of the academy: they mistake for incompetence that they don’t respect what is actually transformative erudition that they simply don’t understand. History is littered with the fallen “greats” of forgotten fashions and epochs who dismissed out of hand, while bathing in their own stuffy self-regard, precisely the ideas and thinkers that would supplant them and survive them indefinitely as human philosophy’s transcendental landmarks.

Here’s to the little minds that mistake a touch of career success amongst their contemporaries—a book published, a nice conference held, a compliment on a suit or a lecture—for intellectual success amongst their progenitors and progeny: may your conservative, vastly overvalued thoughts continue to disappear with startling regularity from the species-memory of men.

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