"A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable"
- H. L. Mencken
About this Quote
This quote by H. L. Mencken suggests that a society made up of people who are all capable of independent idea and creativity would be hard to live in. Mencken indicates that such a society would be chaotic and ungovernable, as each individual would be pursuing their own concepts and interests with no regard for the collective. This might cause an absence of cohesion and a lack of progress, as each individual would be focused on their own concepts and not on the collective good. Mencken's quote suggests that a society needs to have a balance in between specific idea and collective action in order to succeed. Without this balance, a society would be unendurable.
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