There is an old saying that two heads are better than one, which suggests that the majority’s collective wisdom always dwarfs that of the minority, let alone any individual. There are people who believe that for a society to cohere there must be a strong consensus as well as unity and discipline. Therefore we must not overemphasize the importance of critical thinking which is abound to result in confusion and quarrels.
有句老话说,三个臭皮匠,胜过一个诸葛亮,这表明大多数人的集体智慧总是使少数人的智慧相形见绌,更何况平常人。人们相信一个社会凝聚起来必须有很强的共识,以及团结和有纪律。因此我们不能过分强调批判性思维的重要性,这必然会导致混乱和争吵。
But I don’t agree with this. First, I have no respect for majority’s wisdom. I believe that most people do not usually use their heads, they are also lack of creativity, and therefore are ignorant and prejudiced and often become mobs and stampede easily. Second, anyone who has the creativity will have an important impact on our society. But their wisdom is usually different from the majority’s.
但我不同意这一点。第一,我不尊重多数人的智慧。我相信大多数人通常不用他们的头脑,而且也缺乏创造力,因此是无知有偏见的,这往往容易成为暴徒和踩踏。第二,任何有创造力的人都会对我们的社会产生重要的影响,但他们的智慧通常不同于大多数人的。
In a word, everything has two sides. What’s more important is that to learn knowledge from different kinds of wisdom and to improve our ability.
总之任何事物都有两面性,最重要的是,要从各种智慧中学到知识,提高自己的能力。
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