Tolerance and curiosity

From Barack Obama’s inaugural address:

“Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.”


“Tolerance and curiosity” may be the least expected of those true, old juxtopositions, but it seems the one most perfectly suited for our time. As David Ogilvy put it:

Diversity turns out to be the mother of invention (not necessity, as the mechanists thought).”

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