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By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in TIME (October 5, 2015, 30-32).

“The joy of college is arguing with others who are equally passionate and informed but disagree. It develops empathy for others and humility in yourself because you will look upon your opponents not as evil idiots but as good people who want the same thing as you: a safe, loving, moral community.

“If you don’t want to read the books [for the course] and develop the skills, don’t take the class. Don’t attend the college. Spend the rest of your life huddled among those who agree with you. But know that that is not thinking–it’s sleeping. Perhaps the Beatles said it best: ‘Please don’t wake me, no, don’t shake me. Leave me where I am, I’m only sleeping.’”


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