In a reading for one of my college classes, I came across a passage which I immediately thought I'd share with my friends on this board:
"Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think...There have been, and may again be, great individual thinkers, in a general atmosphere of mental slavery. But there never has been, nor ever will be, in that atmosphere, an intellectually active people."
John Stuart Mill (19th Century Philospher) - On Liberty,Chapter II, "Liberty of Thought and Discussion"
Now back to my reading...