Understanding doesn’t come free…The task is somewhere between awfully difficult and utterly hopeless for an isolated individual. But it’s feasible for anyone who is part of a cooperative community..Same holds for ‘intellectual self-defense.’ It takes a lot of self-confidence - perhaps more self-confidence than one ought to have - to take a position alone because it seems to you right, in opposition to everything you see & hear.
Noam Chomsky, On Staying Informed and Intellectual Self-Defense
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