On Dissent: Bertrand Russell's Eighth Commandment for Teaching
The eighth of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on intelligent dissent.
(8) Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
~Bertrand Russell, from his "Ten Commandments" of the liberal outlook as it appears in his 1951 New York Times op-ed, "The Best Answer to Fanaticism—Liberalism."