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Quotational Therapy: Part 5 -- Lincoln, On Having Faith In People.

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."
AND
"If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will."
-Abraham Lincoln.


Sources:

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the movie Pollyanna.


Related reading:

The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations, by James Surowiecki.

Also, Daniel Drezner has some interesting thoughts on the matter:

If there is one thing that too many modern-day Democrat and Republican party elites share, it's a mild contempt for the average American.


Given that people have good and complete information, there's no doubt they will make the right decisions. Individually, it is difficult to have good and complete information on everything (you can know everything some of the time, and some of the things all of the time, but you can't know everything, all of the time). Collectively, though, the American people know almost everything everything about everything (although some kinds of advertising, reporting, or lack thereof, engineered by elites, can distort knowledge), and they act accordingly. It's just basic market forces at play.

Previous Quotational Therapy Sessions:


Part 1.
Part 2.
Part 3.
Part 4.

The right quotation can be therapeutic, so tune in to WILLisms.com for quotational therapy every Monday and Friday.

Posted by Will Franklin · 25 April 2005 07:14 AM

Comments

Thanks I needed that quote! ... I love WILLisms.com

Posted by: Lisa at April 26, 2005 05:59 PM

You find such great quotes! I think sometimes everyone needs to hear a great quote...Abe Lincoln was such a cool President... How strange would that be to meet his ghost in the White House! ...How do you do Mr. Ghost! I mean Mr. President! Yikes....

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 26, 2005 09:43 PM