I get it now

“It is the most foolish of all errors for young people of good intelligence to imagine that they will forfeit their originality if they acknowledge truth already acknowledged by others.” — Goethe, Maxims and Reflections

Goethe is not saying to accept any truth handed your way. This is why he writes “young people of good intelligence,” which assumes a critical subject who can consider and decide on the validity of a proposition. One might even apply a truth differently or respond to the perceived truth with a novel act, but ignoring truths simply because they pre-date you is foolish.

Author: Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran entrepreneur, journalist and business model hacker. He operates this site, which is a collection of the blogs he's published over the years, as well as an archive of his professional publishing record. As always, this is a work in progress. Such is life.