The Zinn Principle

We were not born critical of existing society.

There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness – embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television.

This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.”

Howard Zinn, 2005


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2 Responses to The Zinn Principle

  1. Frank Wood says:

    Doubt if they would listen.

    The old saying “You can bring a horse to a trough but you can’t make him drink.” holds true.


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