Duty of Intellectuals to Criticize Society
My sweet mother used to
clip articles out of the newspaper to give me to read periodically.
The last article which she clipped out and gave to me just before
she passed away unexpectedly at age 62 in 1985 is shown below.
It is an article by syndicated columnist and author Sydney
J. Harris of the Chicago
Daily News and the Chicago Sun Times. I hung this article on the
wall of my office in memory of her. Since she gave this to me
I have personally written over 20 editorials that have been printed
in local newspapers here in Salt Lake City-- many of which were
motivated by this article. Interestingly Sydney Harris passed
away only about 18 months after my mother.
I finally decided to
make a scan of this article. I couldn't find a nicer version of
this article online anywhere. I felt bad that this wonderful and
motivational article may not be available anymore so I have decided
to post it on my business website here in the year 2020-- some
35 years later. I feel that the message of this article is very
pertinent for what is going on in our country today. Societies
in which intellectuals don't speak out for truth and rationality
often fall into decay or corruption. Intellectuals are oftentimes
criticized and stigmatized by the general populace but have an
important role to play in exposing evils and preserving our freedoms.