Without a paddle

I’ve always thought acquiring as much knowledge as possible is a good thing–and I still think it is–but I’ve found that one’s mind has trouble synthesizing the ideas from disparate sources.

Reading books from many different points of view confuses a person. It leaves the reader in a state of bewilderment as to what should be believed and what should be discarded.

It’s better to seek out the minds that sit best with one’s conscience and then stick mostly to those books. Venturing out time to time to see the world from other perspectives is good, but it’s most salutary to construct a strong philosophical foundation first and then build upon that. Otherwise you’re traveling in a skiff without a paddle.