“The Surest Way To Corrupt A Youth” (And Other Philosophical Posters)

Maxistentialism is selling some appealing philosophy posters. I was most pleased to see that out of all the quotable things Nietzsche said, they chose one of my very favorites, as evidenced by its inclusion on a recent list of some of my favorite quotes as pulled from my Facebook profile.

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”–Nietzsche

More posters.

H/T: Marta and Kem

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • John Morales

    I doubt it’s the surest way.

    (For example, I think to teach youths that they are entitled is a surer way)

    Also, there is an implicit context that delimits its applicability; if one considers one’s views to be proper, then to hold those who differ from such are equally estimable (in that regard) as those who do would be perverse.

    (Should I esteem MRA rape apologists no less than social justice activists?)

    • Dave Ricks

      To evaluate your parenthetical question:

      Depends on the social justice activist.

      And the Memory Hole.

    • John Morales

      Yeah, RahXephon is an esteemed commenter.

      (But, other than that, I don’t see how you addressed my parenthetical)