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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Personal Maturity Defined

Personal Maturity: Willingness to re-assess long- and/or closely-held views, and to modify them as indicated. — TheBigHenry

English: Portrait of Milton Friedman
Milton Friedman
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“If Milton Friedman were alive today -- and there was never a time when he was more needed -- he would be one hundred years old. He was born on July 31, 1912. But Professor Friedman's death at age 94 deprived the nation of one of those rare thinkers who had both genius and common sense. […] Like many, if not most, people who became prominent as opponents of the left, Professor Friedman began on the left. […] No one converted Milton Friedman, either in economics or in his views on social policy. His own research, analysis and experience converted him. […] I made no secret of the fact that I was a Marxist when I was a student in Professor Friedman's course, but he made no effort to change my views. He once said that anybody who was easily converted was not worth converting. I was still a Marxist after taking Professor Friedman's class. Working as an economist in the government converted me. […] As a student of Professor Friedman back in 1960, I was struck by two things -- his tough grading standards and the fact that he had a black secretary. This was years before affirmative action. People on the left exhibit blacks as mascots. But I never heard Milton Friedman say that he had a black secretary, though she was with him for decades. Both his grading standards and his refusal to try to be politically correct increased my respect for him.” [emphasis added]
— Thomas Sowell, Aug 01, 2012 (

Personal maturity, as I choose to define it, also comprises (implicitly) the humility to admit a degree of bone-headedness in one's youth. Humility is that rare quality most often claimed by posers who haven't the vaguest notion what it entails.

For instance, take that faux-modest recipient of the Nobel Peace-Prize, Obama. For God's sake — please take him. Away. Pretty please.

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