Paul Gruchow Quotes
We say that one gets cancer, or a cold, or kidney disease. One would
never think to say that one is cancer. But we say that one is depressed,
or bipolar, or schizophrenic. A disease of the body is a condition. But
a disease of the mind, we think, is a state of being. We no longer
believe, as we did 250 years ago, that the mentally ill are animals,
but we are not yet ready to grant that they are fully human either.
It is one thing to decry the rat race...that is the good and honorable work of moralists. It is quite another thing to quit the rat race, to drop out, to refuse to run any further--that is the work of the individualist. It is offensive because it is impolite it makes the rebuke personal the individualist calls not his or her behavior into question, but mine.
- Born: May 23, 1947
- Died: February 22, 2004
- Occupation: Author
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