The autodidact

“When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.” That was the great autodidact philosopher longshoreman Eric Hoffer, born on this date in 1902. He also wrote:

In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”

He was no fan of our youth-besotted culture:

If a society is to preserve stability and a degree of continuity, it must learn how to keep its adolescents from imposing their tastes, values, and fantasies on everyday life.”

He knew the value of kindness:

“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.”

And of work:

“The greatest weariness comes from work not done.”

To work.

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