Women's City Club Bulletin Volume 5

Women's City Club Bulletin Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...open discussion. They will thus be made l1armless. But the merit of right opinions is revealed in the same way. To reject the bad and accept the good, from whatever source they come, is our aim. Free speech may cause temporary disturbance as it did on a notable occasion once in the open Forum at Nazareth, but Truth is more desirable than Peace, and the only place where one's peace is free from disturbance is the graveyard. 4. It is the conservative method. A community can operate only on the basis of the lowest common denominator. It can undertake only those activities which public opinion will support. Since, therefore, proposed measures must go through the process of securing public opinion for their support, discussion is a conservative safeguard against hasty action. This is what gives merit to a freeman's inalienable right to trial-by jury. It prevents hasty or unjust action through enforced open discussion of his case by his fellow citizens. 5. It is the democratic method. It stimulates respect for opinions other than our own. "A decent respect for the opinions of mankind," is a necessary safeguard against the illusion that we are infallible. It is the danger against which Oliver Cromwell warned the members of Parliament: "I beseech you, gentlemen, by the merices of 'Christ, to remember that it is possible for you to be mistaken." 6. It is the logical method. The task of correcting wrong opinions is a spiritual process, and requires a spiritual weapon, that is, discussion. You can not exterminate an idea with a clu-b; you only scatter it. It must be met on its own ground. The only antidote to a wrong opinion is a right opinion. Hence, Jefferson's great dictum, "Error of opinion...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236815246
  • 9781236815248